Last month, Hurricane Earl washed away the temporary low-lying bridge in San Ignacio, and today the Hawkesworth Bridge had to be shut down when it started shaking. The Ministry of Works Engineer called for urgent and immediate repairs after a shaky portion was identified. Experts from Mexico were rushed in, and the bridge was shut down this afternoon at ten-minute intervals so that repairs could be done without interrupting regular traffic - since there's now only one bridge. The bridge was checked again after repairs were completed and deemed ready for public use. Mayor Earl Trapp tells us that the temporary bridge - which was destroyed by Hurricane Earl will be re-opened in the next two weeks.
The Hawksworth Bridge is currently the primary entrance and exit for San Ignacio Town, Cayo District. Rumours of its integrity being compromised began surfacing earlier today and in an effort to get an update on what is happening, we spoke with the Chief Engineer at the Ministry of Works, Lennox Bradley who told Love News that there is no truth to that rumour.
The low lying bridge was the entrance up to early August before Hurricane Earl’s wind and rains destroyed it. Its absence does pose potential problems since it has forced the traffic to be rerouted to the Hawksworth entrance. Chief Engineer Bradley says it is only for a few months more.
It is to be noted that the Hawksworth Bridge is undergoing some welding works and with that there are some restrictions of its use as explained by Bradley.
The Hawksworth Bridge is a one lane suspension bridge that was built in 1949 and imported from Middlesbrough, England. It was named after a former Governor of British Honduras.