Swing bridge area in 1911, and a little of its history
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1859 New Wood bridge erected across the river at Belize harbor to replace the one built in 1818.


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Swing bridge area in 1911, and a little of its history

1818 March 9th, "The Grand Belize Bridge" First known bridge to built across at the river mouth of Belize was completed.

Her Majesty Government granted 1,000, towards the cost for building,

1859 New Wood bridge erected across the river at Belize harbor to replace the one built in 1818.

1922 July 28th, A Temporary wooden bridge across the river at Belize declared open at noon. This bridge was used during the dismantling of the old and the erection of the new swing bridge.

1923 April 11th, at a cost of $84.000.00 new swing bridge across the Belize River, open.

Built to allow the passage of fishermen to and from the main harbour, this manually-operated swin bridge has faitfully stopped morning and evening traffic every day since 1923, manually turned by men for river traffic to past from the main harbor every day (in the morning and evening)


Mennonite contractor, Abe Bannan, 59, was contracted by the Government to build a temporary bridge and repair the Old Belize Swing Bridge. at a cost of approximately one million dollars.

Banman has built a number of bridges in Belize, including the San Roman Bridge at Albion Island and the Maypen Bridge in the Belize District. His most recent work has been the Busman Arnold Bridge near Mile 60 on the Western Highway.

During the nine month repair period the Swing Bridge was closed completely to both pedestrians and motor traffic.

The Swing Bridge included a changed of the whole decking. The repairs included re-placement of steel beams with galvanized substitutes, repairs to the bridge's superstructure and repairs to the massive rollers on the turntable so as to allow for smoother movement when the bridge is being swung.

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