Work continued this week on the two bridges that will connect San Ignacio to Santa Elena, across the Macal River. When completed these two bridges will provide a relief from the current traffic congestion in the twin towns. With the passage of Hurricane Earl, the temporary wooden bridge had been partly destroyed. As a result traffic has had to go only through the Hawkesworth Bridge, creating frustrating delays for commuters.

Work commenced precisely at 7:00 am last Friday on the wooden bridge and it is being undertaken by both the Ministry of Works in cooperation with the San Ignacio and Santa Elena Town Council.

According to the Mayor of San Ignacio and Santa Elena Earl Trapp Junior, the wooden bridge may be completed in about 5 weeks time. It is now clear that the wooden bridge will not be completed by September 21st. Workers on site at the wooden bridge told us on Tuesday that a slight rise of the Macal River as a result of the recent rains can delay work on the wooden bridge.

Just a few hundred yards down from the temporary wooden bridge in the Macal River, construction also continues on the state of the art twin lane bypass, which will further alleviate traffic in the Twin Towns of San Ignacio and Santa Elena.

The Hon. Rene Montero, Minister of Public Works recently visited on site where the work is being done on the temporary wooden bridge. The Hon. Rene Montero has also recently been witness to the large components of the bypass being put into place.

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