The viaduct of the Miraldo Gomes Complex, in Feira de Santana, a city 100 kilometers from Salvador, remains unrepaired, two months after the accident that damaged it. Motorists passing through the region complain of inconvenience caused by the lack of signage in the structure.
According to drivers, the lane has become narrower and there are potholes in the stretch. They even report increased congestion during peak hours.
The structure was damaged two months ago after a traffic accident. A part of a wind tower damaged the structure of the main viaduct, when the truck that transported it passed by. The impact compromised part of the viaduct’s support beams.
The site was partially interdicted a day later, after a decision by the crisis committee, made up of City Hall, Via Bahia, the National Department of Transport Infrastructure, in addition to DNIT and the Federal Highway Police.
Viaduct was damaged after a truck load collided with the concrete – Photo: Disclosure / Feira de Santana City Hall
After that, an iron structure was installed at the point where the trailer was stuck, to shoring the viaduct handle. One of the lanes was cleared for traffic at the bottom, and traffic was also released in one of the upper lanes, where some barrels were placed to signal the road block.
According to the Superintendent of Operations and Maintenance, João Vianey, the delay in carrying out the work is justified because the contracting of the company that will perform the service occurs through an emergency waiver of bidding and several legal parameters need to be met at this stage. He also added that the municipality is finalizing the administrative process, but did not give a deadline for when this should occur.
The Municipal Traffic Superintendence informed that it will send a local team to reinforce the signs. The agency also reported that it had signaled the track since the day of the ban, but the equipment was stolen.
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