Temporary structure for Hubble Bridge

A temporary structure will be put in place as a replacement for the Hubble Bridge in Gouyave, St. John’s that collapsed two months ago.

Parliamentary Representative for the Constituency of St. John’s, Alvin Da Breo announced on a local radio programme that a temporary bridge is currently being fabricated in a welding shop.

Da Breo told the programme host last week Wednesday that the contract for the temporary facility was awarded to Junior La Touche but due to the high level of water in the river as a result of the heavy rains in Grenada over the past week, machinery is unable to be placed in the river to prepare the foundation.

He said that once machinery can dig the pillars for the foundation then a crane will carry the temporary structure for installation.

The MP for St. John who is also the Minister of State for Agriculture announced that the temporary bridge will only accommodate pedestrians and not vehicles.

The Hubble Bridge was due to be replaced under a World Bank project before it collapsed on September 21.

It serves as a connecting point from one end of the Town of Gouyave to many other neighbouring communities.

Two persons received minor injuries when the bridge collapsed.

The Hubble Bridge, which is used by many children attending the St. Peter’s Roman Catholic School, suffered structural damage during the passage of Hurricane Ivan in September 2004.

The Tillman Thomas-led Congress administration had closed the bridge to vehicular traffic but it was re-opened within months of the New National Party (NNP) taking office in February 2013.

In July 2015, the Keith Mitchell government was forced to restrict the use of the bridge to only pedestrian traffic.

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