The bridge is expected to open to the public soon.
JKSB Chief Operating Officer Ashari Alias said the bridge has achieved about 99.9 per cent completion and this would be the final load test.
He said the load test was conducted on a span of Pier 6 to Pier 7 of Ramp 2 that collapsed when its temporary support structures failed on June 6.
“The load test is conducted to test the bridge stress and deflection capability and also to gain public confidence on the ramp where the incident happened,” he told reporters during a briefing before the load test last night.
The load test was carried out by Cergas Murni Sdn Bhd, the main contractor for the Batu Maung Interchange, and supervised by Sinclair Knight Merz, the performance auditor consultant.
A total of 360 tonnes, carried by about 15 lorries, was placed on the span between Pier 6 and Pier 7 at the Ramp 2 of the interchange.
JKSB Managing Director Datuk Dr Ismail Mohamed Taib said the load test was part of the requirements set by JKSB to the contractors involved and also to assure the public that the ramp is able to withstand such a load in accordance with international design standards.
He said the load test was conducted to verify that the completed ramp load carrying capacity is comparable with that predicted by theory and to calibrate calculation models.
This was the third time for JKSB to conduct the load test for this project. The first load test was carried out by UEM Bhd, the appointed contractor of Package 2, at Span S191 on April 22-26 at the approach span of the bridge.
The second load test was carried out by CHEC Construction Sdn Bhd in October at the bridge’s main navigational span.
All the three tests had confirmed that the load carry capacity is comparable to the theoretical calculations.– BERNAMA