Islamabad: The National Highway Authority (NHA) has decided to rebuild the Hub Bridge on the Karachi Quetta National Highway. The said bridge was washed away by the recent heavy rains followed by the flash flood. Under the direction of the minister for communication and postal services, the executive board of the National Highway has approved the project. Due to a heavy rain spell, two spans of the bridge collapsed a few days ago. Constructed in 1962 by the communication and works department, the Hub Bridge is 8.5 meters wide having 24 spans, each span having a length of 25 meters.
As per details, the bridge was closed for heavy traffic on July 22 owing to erosion in its pillars while the traffic was diverted to the Hub bypass. A huge flood torrent took the 150-foot portion of the bridge. No one sustained any harm as the bridge had been closed off for heavy traffic a week ago and only motorcycles and rickshaws were allowed to cross the bridge.
Over the past few days, the heavy rains have been causing heavy discharge of water from the hub dam spillways and the local government has imposed an emergency in the area. The local population has been evacuated from the area as the water level is expected to rise in the days to come. According to media reports, the overflow of water from the hub dam is much more than the capacity of the bridge. This excess water cuts the road and falls into the river.