J'lem engineer to order Mughrabi Bridge closed immediately

December 8, 2011 11:11

The Jerusalem municipal engineer said it intends to order the Mughrabi Bridge linking the Western Wall Plaza to the Temple Mount closed immediately citing the danger it poses to the public.

In a letter to the Western Wall Heritage Foundation, the city engineer said the bridge poses an immediate danger to the public and surrounding property due to the danger of fire and collapse. "Therefore I intend to issue and order closing the structure immediately and not to allow any use of it," the letter said, adding that the foundation would be given one week to submit any objections to the order.

The statement noted that the closure would allow limited exceptions for security forces to use the bridge in urgent cases after consulting with the municipal engineer.

Late last month, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu at the last minute delayed plans to start rebuilding the Mughrabi Bridge because of Egyptian and Jordanian concerns.

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