Management at the Demerara Harbour Bridge has announced that sufficient repair works have been completed that would allow the bridge to be reopened to light vehicles including cars, mini-buses, bikes and motorcycles.
The bridge should be opened to other types of vehicles later this week as other assessments are completed.
Bridge General Manager Rawlston Adams told reporters this morning that most of the work has been completed as technicians worked late into the night and early this morning.
He said his workmen faced some difficulties in reconnecting the anchors as some new ones got loose.
“What we realise is that a lot of the buoys, some of them, got punctured and at that point they started to take in water. And at some locations where we thought the anchorage was okay, it wasn’t”, the General Manager explained.
Mr. Adams said some of the anchors were dragged on the bed of the river by the tug that crashed into the bridge on Monday morning. He explained that while the bridge will be reopened this evening, the workmen will have to return at a later date to complete other related work.
Adams said he is proud of the work done by the Harbour Bridge team, including the engineers and other workers who worked around the clock to ensure that the repairs are completed in the shortest possible time.
The crew of the tugboat that slammed into the bridge remain in custody. The Maritime Administration and the Police are probing the incident.