Repairs made on Haulover Bridge
Between 10:00 Thursday night and 3:00 a.m. this morning, the sole link to destinations north of Belize City was cut off, but it was a needed gesture.
The Haulover Bridge at Mile 5 on the Philip Goldson Highway was closed by the Ministry of Works and Transport for immediate and urgent repairs to key support structures for the bridge.
The actual repairs were conducted between 10:00 p.m. and midnight and the bridge is back to full use as of this morning.
Chief Engineer Lennox Bradley says supports under the concrete slabs on the deck of the bridge were giving way and needed to be welded back in place, but he assures that the bridge is otherwise structurally sound.
Works are soon expected to start on a replacement bridge as part of the Government’s investment in expanding the highway between Belize City and Ladyville to four lanes.
Renovation of Haulover Bridge
Works were carried out last night on the Haulover Bridge. The bridge was closed to carry out necessary maintenance works on the bridge. Chief Engineer Lennox Bradley told us what sort of works was done.
” First of all I would like to say the motorists or the general public should not be alarmed about the works we are doing on the Haulover bridge. What we did last night was merely a sort of routine maintenance work. The works entailed welding back on some angle iron. Normally if you look at the Haulover Bridge it comprises of several precast slabs that form the deck on the bridge. Those precast concrete slabs have angle iron as a protection along the edges of the concrete slab to prevent the concrete slabs from breaking. What happened is that two of the slabs the welding of the angle iron broke and so we just had to weld back on the angle iron to continue protecting this slab and preventing the concrete slabs from breaking, not the cracking of any slab that would really create a problem with the integrity of the bridge, its none of that. It’s just the edges that were breaking off and to prevent that we welded on the angle iron to protect the concrete slabs on the bridge. That is what we did, it took two hours last night. We started at 10PM and we completed it just after midnight. The structural integrity of the bridge is still satisfactory for us. The public should have no fear, no alarm about using that Haulover bridge and the ministry has a program of works to continue maintain that bridge until the new replacement is in place. You do know that we have a replacement Haulover bridge proposed and that should be started shorty. It’s being funded through the Caribbean Development Fund and it’s a part of the road improvement program that we have between the intersection between the airport road on the Phillip Goldson Highway right down to Buttonwood bay and the roundabout in Belize City, that entire area will be upgraded.”