The Srinagar-Jammu highway is likely to be opened for traffic after six days of closure as trial run on the Bailey bridge at Kela Morh was completed on Saturday afternoon.
The thoroughfare, the only surface link connecting Kashmir valley with the outside world, was closed at 6:20 p.m. on January 10 after the retaining wall of a key bridge collapsed suddenly near Kela Morh, Ramban.
While repair work was started by authorities, Border Road Organization launched Bailey bridge construction in the nearby area to restore the traffic on the highway.
“The Load capacity is 40 tons including the weight of the vehicle. People have to be very very careful. Overloaded trucks or vehicles carrying more than 40 tons of weights will endanger this bridge,” Engineer BRO, Brigadier IK Jaggi, told reporters after the trial run was carried this afternoon, as per report.
To a question when the light motor vehicles and the heavyweight vehicles will be allowed, the officer said. “Our finishing is going on. We are carrying the final checking. Hopefully by 6 p.m. or 7 p.m., traffic should be traveling on it.”