The damaged Bagotville Bridge is continuing to sink, residents said yesterday.
The structure was closed off to heavy-duty vehicles about a week ago after the eastern lane began to sink. This is due to two damaged supporting beams. The piles supporting these beams are also exhibiting cracks.
Kaieteur News was told yesterday that the bridge is sinking more and more every day.
When this publication visited Bagotville yesterday, the eastern end of the structure was cordoned off.
Ranks from La Grange Police Station were seen directing traffic. The western side of the bridge is facilitating north and south-bound traffic.
Meanwhile, heavy-duty vehicles were being diverted via the Canal Number One Polder Access Road and La Parfaite Harmonie Access Road.
Minister of Public Infrastructure David Patterson told media operatives on Saturday, last, that the western side is being threatened as well. He said also that emergency works will have to be effected and the Ministry of Finance will have to be approached possibly for an allocation of funds.
“Within a week, week and a half, we can have work start. It is anticipated that if we start within then, we can have it fixed by September,” the Minister said.
The Ministry of Public Infrastructure would have already arranged to meet the Regional Democratic Council, Neighbourhood Democratic Councils, Guyana Police Force and Guyana Power and Light, so that they can be apprised of the current situation, the Minister said.
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