Photos: Inspection And Testing Of Swing Bridge

March 30, 2016

[Updated] The Ministry of Public Works opened and closed the Swing Bridge in St. Georges for inspection and structural testing purposes this morning, with some traffic delays in the area as the testing took place. In December of 2015, the Government announced that following an engineering survey they would be placing a weight restriction on Swing Bridge and enforcing single lane traffic.

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Update 4.05pm: A Ministry spokesperson said, “The Ministry of Public Works wishes to take this opportunity to thank the East End motoring public for their patience and cooperation during the Swing Bridge testing this morning.

“According to Ministry engineers, the necessary structural inspections took place between 10.00 am and 12.30 pm, however the bridge did not close to traffic until 11am as crews were able to keep it open while preliminary works were undertaken.

“The bridge was ‘swung’ open twice with crews allowing the backlog of traffic to clear before opening it the second time. The works were carefully scheduled to allow all the inspection work to be completed in the shortest period of time. Once all the inspections were completed, traffic flow across the bridge resumed. The current load restrictions will remain in place.”

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  1. Yahoo says:

    Nice timing, given the first cruise ship of the season arrived in St. George’s today. You can’t fix stupid.

    • Frank says:

      lol!
      so true!

    • Wellington says:

      I assume you know all the circumstances? If not, you’re being a little, well, stupid.

  2. Pondering says:

    So is there an end result?
    We really need 3 new bridges: 1 at the causeway, the swing bridge and the old draw bridge from St Georges to St David’s for emergency use. Is there a ‘buy two, get one free’ sale anywhere?

    • meh. says:

      Canada?

    • Terry says:

      You need a bloody new Government.
      This crap has been going on for 30 years.

    • wahoo says:

      No the causeway should be pedestrianized and the bridge (Longbird) removed so walkers, joggers and cyclists can play without blocking up the main roads. A bridge like Watford should go from Coney Island to Stone Crusher corner and Swing Bridge should just be fixed. Now if we just had about $800M……

      • Terry says:

        I said that years ago.
        None have listened because they would not be on the receiving end.

        Rip bermuda

  3. Hadn’t these so called, “inspections” been taken place sometime ago? If correct, then the bridge should be fixed by now and operational.(After all this time :-( )

  4. Kangoocar says:

    So!!! Who was the clueless CS worker that made the decision to do this on one of the very RARE days St George has a cruise ship in port??? The CS worker should be terminated immediatly!!! Just more proof of the old saying, ” ignorance has no limits” I am sure the cruise ship and all of its passengers were highly impressed with Bermuda after that moment of stupity??

    • wahoo says:

      Did you just “like” yourself?

    • Flash says:

      Actually – quite good timing to open the bridge while the ship is in St. Geo. It ensures that the tourists stay in St. Georges and invests money in those businesses that need the money! Well done I say!

  5. Wow so layed back and patient says:

    There were no police there yet no one got out-of-hand. Anywhere else you would need police at both ends because someone would try to cross while work was taking place.

  6. Truth is killin' me... says:

    Show me account details of funds spent on preventative maintenance on this bridge going back 30 years (rust proofing, painting etc.)A state of disrepair like this bridge doesn’t happen overnight! The roads from east to west are all looking the same way as well. Taxpayers are not amused!!!