30 November 2012 19:51 [Source: ICIS news]
LONDON (ICIS)--A ban imposed on Friday on heavy vehicles traffic on an important Rhine bridge near ?xml:namespace>
Authorities in North Rhine-Westphalia state issued the ban – with immediate effect – to prevent vehicles with a total weight of 3.5 tonnes or more from crossing the
The situation required immediate action, officials said.
It remains unclear for how long the ban will be in effect, and it is uncertain whether the damage can be repaired at all, they said.
Ernst Grigat, who heads the
While the ban was surprising, safety must have priority if the bridge’s condition no longer allows truck traffic, Grigat said.
He appealed to authorities to take steps to improve Rhine river shipping between
According to German media reports, some 12,000 trucks are crossing the bridge every day.
The bridge is almost 50 years old and the state wants to eventually replace it with a new bridge.
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