The official spokesman for Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Transportation responded to the incident where a bridge in Thumama in Riyadh collapsed on Wednesday morning.
Changes to the valley beneath the bridge, in addition to soil erosion after the recent rainfalls in the capital city were attributed to the partial collapse of the bridge pillars. The depth of the valley increased after soil in the area was removed, making the water levels closer to the base levels of the bridge. Out of 13 connections, connections numbers 2, 3, and 4 fell after base 3 sunk down, reported Sabq news.
According to the spokesman, the bridge on the road leading to the Aramco station in Riyadh was built 30 years ago. Once the durability of the remaining connections of the bridge is confirmed, authorities will rebuild and reopen the bridge.