Monday, July 23, 2012
In Guyana, A small section of the western half of the Demerara Harbour Bridge has been submurged, halting traffic Monday (July 23) morning.
According to General Manager of the Demerara Harbour Bridge Rawlston Adams, the 60th and 61st temporary pontoons of the bridge sank at 06:45h, causing the sub-spans to become submerged.
Some repairs to the "A-frame" of the bridge were being undertaken since Sunday morning and the temporary pontoon were being used to facilitate the work. Adams suspects that the jaws of the "unifloat" for the pontoons collapsed.
Though there were no commuters on the bridge at the time of the incident, no one was injured, only shaken up and inconvenienced.
The bridge has been closed to vehicular traffic so that repairs can be done. Adams hopes that the bridge can be reopened by Tuesday (July 24) afternoon.
The Demerara Harbour Bridge links Regions Three and Four and facilitates thousands of commuters on a daily basis. Commuters will have to use the speed boat ferry
services in Vreed-en-Hoop and Georgetown.