Extremely Slippery and Dangerous when wet.SAN IGNAICO, Cayo District, Wednesday, November 14, 2007:
The motoring public is hereby advised that the wooden bridge connecting the twin municipalities of Santa Elena and San Ignacio is EXTREMELY SLIPPERY and therefore DANGEROUS when wet.
Many are the incidents of vehicles sliding off the bridge and into the Macal River below. Just this week yet another vehicle landed in the river after sliding off the bridge. Then shortly after 8:00 p.m., this Wednesday night the police had a similar experience as their patrol pickup truck slid sideways on the bridge landing with its two front wheels hanging dangerously off the bridge after it mounted the low side rail.
The motoring public is therefore advised to exercise care at ALL times when crossing this bridge.
Drivers must exercise EXTREME care when the wooden surface is wet as a combination of the water and the oil creates a dangerously slippery condition. The risk is compounded when speeding is factored into the equation as vehicles descend the hill on both approaches to the bridge especially when approaching from the steeper hill on the Santa Elena side of the bridge.
Since the structure forms a part of the national highway network, the Ministry of Works would be well within its jurisdiction to erect the necessary warning signs in the area for the safety of all road users.
The STAR Newspaper, No. 136, Sunday, November 18, 2007, page 12http://belizenews.com/thestar/