Tuesday 21 May, 2019

Ministry assures: Bailey bridge at North Coast Road safe

Photo via Twitter, the Ministry of Works and Transport (MOWT).

Photo via Twitter, the Ministry of Works and Transport (MOWT).

Two-way traffic is being maintained along the North Coast Road, Maracas, 11KM mark following the installation of a Bailey Bridge.

The work was completed in under 24 hours over the weekend and the bridge is now open to vehicular traffic.  

The bridge was installed as a temporary fix following a landslip along the roadway after heavy rainfall.

A geotechnical firm is being engaged at this time to carry out Geotechnical investigations and surveys and based on the findings of the investigation, a permanent solution will be developed.

A contract will be awarded by December 2018 to construct a permanent solution.

The Works and Transport Ministry has assured that it is monitoring the slope to prevent further erosion.

The Ministry on Wednesday assured that the bridge offers a safe, low cost and time effective solution to all road users to minimise traffic delays.

The Ministry has, however, advised all motorists traversing the North Coast Road to proceed with caution and observe the posted signs indicating the speed limit and the bridge’s load limit.

The Bailey bridge is part of the Mabey Compact 200 Panel Bridge System and will serve as a temporary structure. It requires little maintenance.

The assembled bridge can clear unsupported spans of up to 200 feet and is supported by a stable area not affected by the landslip.

The bridge also has an allowable road width of 3.15m and can accommodate vehicles with a maximum axle loading of 5 tonnes.

Speed humps were installed before and after the bridge to ensure safety at the site.

 

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