The Works Ministry began repairs to the collapsed portion of Golden Grove Road, on Wednesday 14 October 2020. (Image courtesy Ministry of Works and Transport)

Repair work began today at the site of the collapse of the bridge on Golden Grove Road in Arouca, and it is hoped that access would be restored to the road by next Monday.

Minister of Works and Transport, Senator Rohan Sinanan—along with technical staff of the Highways Division and the Water and Sewerage Authority—toured the site to determine the most appropriate strategy to reopen Golden Grove Road, and restore unencumbered travel to drivers in the shortest possible time.

An official statement from the Ministry of Works say preliminary reports suggest considerable age and erosion caused by recent weather patterns may have contributed to the destabilization of the structure.

“While comprehensive investigations continue, works have begun today (14th October 2020) on the construction of a single lane Bailey bridge as a temporary measure. This will restore access to Golden Grove Road within the next three (3) days,” the release stated.

On Tuesday 13th October 2020, the carriageway that spans the length of the B1/2 Bridge, Golden Grove Road collapsed, making the roadway inaccessible to localized traffic. The Ministry points out that this connector bridge is a critical bit of infrastructure, as it serves as a main access point between the Churchill Roosevelt Highway and the Eastern Main Road.

The Ministry has granted authorization for Light Motor Vehicles to use the Priority Bus Route (PBR) from Arima Old Road to Orange Grove Road, until further notice.

Meanwhile, Heavy Motor Vehicles are advised to use the Eastern Main Road.