A wooden bridge along the Buen Intento Road in Princes Town was set on fire early this morning. The bridge has since been cordoned off and motorists are being directed to use alternative routes.
Junior Seepersad, who lives in the area, said: “This morning I had a make a detour which took 45 minutes more for me to reach to work. There are children who could not go to school this morning because they could not cross the bridge. People could not go to work. It is really an inconvenience now.”
Nearby residents reported hearing loud talking and shouting before they saw the bridge on fire.
Ben Lomond/Hardbargain/Williamsville councilor Vashti Sookhoo said residents were alerted to the fire shortly 1 am when they smelled smoke. She said residents and motorists who use the bridge at Gobin Village have been severely inconvenienced as they now have to use an alternative route.
Sookhoo said workers from the Ministry of Works and Transport's Bridges Division are on the scene assessing the situation. She said it was the only wooden bridge in the district.
"It will affect the residents in the negative way because it is an alternative route to Princes Town. It is used by a lot of residents due to the fact that construction is being done on Garth Road and there is a major depression on the Garth Road. I also use that road a lot too,” she saaid.
Princes Town police are investigating.
- by Sascha Wilson