La Concordia bridge is collapsing; Authorities assured that they are repairing it

La Concordia bridge is collapsing; Authorities assured that they are repairing it

After users of social networks denounced with a video that the La Concordia bridge, located in the mayor’s office Iztapalapa from Mexico City, was crumbling, the authorities appeared to clarify since they were carrying out repairs in the place.

After the incident occurred in the Line 12 of the Collective Transport System (STC) Metro, citizens have been alert to the bridges and stations in order to avoid another catastrophe.

In that sense, this May 25, a concerned neighbor uploaded a recording to Twitter where he made the complaint and it is observed that each time a car passes, dirt falls from the junction of the bridge.

The images soon went viral and the authorities responded to the video, assuring that they were carrying out repairs at the site.

In relation to the video that circulates on social networks regarding the La Concordia vehicular bridge, the Ministry of Works and Services of Mexico City, reports the following:

“From the beginning of the present administration, the elevated structure was revised since it presented damage resulting from the 2017 earthquakes.” Said the agency in a statement.

It explained that they made a diagnosis by designers to determine the type of reinforcement necessary and based on this they have provided the required attention.

“With a 33 million pesos investment, to date, the intervention presents a 85 percent complete; the works consist of the replacement of road joints, replacement of wetsuits and construction of seismic buffers”, it detailed.

Citizens fear that another incident such as that of Metro Line 12 will occur (Photo: REUTERS / Edgard Garrido)

Citizens fear that another incident such as that of Metro Line 12 will occur.

For his part, the holder of the dependency, Jose Antonio Esteva Medina, stressed that what can be observed in the broadcast video corresponds to damage to the infrastructure, located at the exit of the highway Mexico-Puebla as a result of the last earthquake of 2017.

“We have been working since last year; First, we had to review with the designers the type of reinforcement that was required and, later, begin to give the appropriate attention. And, here are some images of the work we have been doing, As I was saying, since last year, and that we continue still up to date,” he said.

He pointed out that the administration is also working on the maintenance of two other vehicular bridges, where 250 million pesos were invested in the last two years.

Meanwhile, the head of government, Claudia Sheinbaum Pardo, stated that there are repair work in the area.

Claudia Sheinbaum Pardo
Claudia Sheinbaum Pardo

Authorities affirmed that repairs have been made in the area since last year.

“Let the public know that since last year work was started on the La Concordia Bridge, some are being resolved seismic buffers that were worn and some other important works to maintain the safety of the bridge”, she pointed out. However, she denied having seen the video that was broadcast on social networks this afternoon.

Line 12, since its construction was controversial, however, the problems became notorious. After the earthquake of September 19, 2017, neighbors, users and even the Metro itself warned of dangerous cracks in some columns of the elevated section of line 12, so it was necessary to close six stations again.

Although according to the Metro, the damages “were repaired”, Neighbors and users who live near the elevated part of Line 12 made public their fears that the structure could collapse. Hence, some residents who saw that said section of the La Concordia bridge was weak began to fear that it could also fall.

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