Repairs on the historical Swing Bridge continue in the downtown area of the City. The Belize City Councilís initial assessment of the state of the Swing Bridge revealed serious structural issues which means that further work is required. Areas that requite urgent attention include severely rotted guard rails, deteriorated base plates and gaps on the pedestrian walkway. Mayor Bernard Wagner says the Council took the immediate decision to close a side of the pathway and undertake these repairs to avoid any risk to residents.
Bernard Wagner, Belize City Mayor
ďThat bridge has been there for two administrations; two mayors actually, Mayor Zenaida Moya and Mayor Darrell Bradley. It is an issue thatís been there for fifteen years. None of the previous councils ever looked at the risks they are posing to our residents who traversed that bridge every day. We at a City Council could have sit back and say we will leave the bridge there but what we did we said no. This poses a danger to the residents of our city. We need to do an assessment of the bridge and so when we went in we had the contractor looked at the initial assessment. We took our engineer and when you fix a house and as you dig in you find a broken bean and you dig deeper and you find all that is wrong. We want to get it right. We will not for political expediency put the lives of our residents in danger and if it has to take five, six months to get it right we will get it right. I am not saying that it will take five or six months. We are nearing the end of the road with that side of the bridge. We do have the other side as well that need repairs. Our fix right now is a temporary fix. It will give us a year and a half to two years to give us a break. We need a new bridge. That is a bottom line. But we cannot have the residents of our city in clear and present danger.Ē