Death trap

Joe’s River residents worried about cracked bridge

Residents of Joe’s River, St Joseph are worried that a bridge in the community has become a bridge to disaster and a possible death trap; and they are calling on Government to repair it before tragedy strikes.

The cause of concern is a crack in the weighbridge, previously used to weigh sugarcane trucks.

Community activist Andrew Dixon said the crack has been there for a number of years, but it appears to be getting worse, heightening concern for a community that still remembers the country’s worst accident in which six people lost their lives and another 37 were injured on July 29, 2007, when a tour coach on the way to the Crop Over East Coast Calypso Bowl crashed into a wall there.

Community activist Andrew Dixon pointing towards the crack in the Joe’s River Bridge.

“What really happening down in here is that years ago the bridge had a crack. Over the years the crack tend to worsen; now you can look at it and see it opened about four inches wide. . . . Something is happening with the bridge and we call on the authorities to actually come and pay a visit to the bridge and bring an engineer to let the people who use this bridge know what is happening,” Dixon told Barbados TODAY Thursday afternoon.

“I want the people to come and pay attention to this bridge before something happen . . . . You can’t abandon the bridge, I ain’t in no position to speak on the bridge but I am in a position to see that the bridge crack, which means something going wrong. So if engineers come and look at the bridge and assure us that the bridge is still strong then we will be able to act on their information, but right now I ain’t hearing anybody saying anything about the bridge and I would like somebody to come and say something before it is too late.”

The key stone at the Joe’s River Bridge is cracked.

The bridge was closed in 2010 for repair, and its reopening several months later was welcomed by residents, who said at the time its closure had been a major inconvenience.

However, some had expressed concern at the time that the crack had been left unattended, and they worried then it could lead to catastrophe.

It is the same concern that resident Antonio Hinds has more than six years later.

Resident Antonio Hinds is also concerned about the Joe’s River Bridge.

“That bridge was so for a lil’ while . . . . After they fix it that bridge start to crack again.

“I got seven children now here, my children does have to travel this road. Anytime at all that bridge can give away [underneath] the bus, car or even walking. I would like them do something with that or cut another road because that is a hazard to my children lives that want dealing with as soon as possible before it get any worse,” Hinds told Barbados TODAY.

Meanwhile, Harold Dawson, who has resided in the community for the past seven years, suggested that constant use of the road by heavy vehicles has contributed to the condition of the bridge.

St Joseph resident Harold Dawson.

And like fellow residents, he also fears the worst.

“I got to pass here. It was crack ever since, but I won’t like nothing to happen. [The heavy trucks] open it back more and more,” Dawson contended.

Minister of Transport & Works Michael Lashley could not be reached for comment, and up until the time of publication he had not returned calls from Barbados TODAY.

Source: (AGB)

6 Responses to Death trap

  1. Ali Baba
    Ali Baba January 6, 2017 at 12:52 am

    THERE IS A DEATH TRAP THERE AT MELVIN HILL BRIDGE TOO IN ST JOSEPH ALSO, UNDERNEATH IT CRACK, THE RUSTY STEEL IS SHOWING OUT, AND SOME PILLARS ARE SHIFTED FROM UNDER THE BRIDGE…..NO JOKE AT ALL

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  2. Anonymous0260 January 6, 2017 at 8:22 am

    I am concerned with locals and tourists falling into the gullies in the parish of St Joseph. The ministers on both sides need to take a tour of that Parish taking the time to record the roads that are slipping and the damaged bridges. Before it is too late.

    God forbid that it be a bus load of tourists. I see lawsuits. We are being lawless.

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  3. Richard Johnston January 6, 2017 at 8:34 am

    With some luck the ministers would fall in and not come out.

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  4. Hewers of wood January 6, 2017 at 8:42 am

    @Anonymous0260 – since there is a concern for tourist too the government should fix this quick as all they care about is tourist needs and pampering them. We will see.

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  5. D Maximus January 6, 2017 at 9:26 am

    Mind you, we’re talking about them closing it to fix it in 2010, but they showed up one day with backhoes and…

    STARTED DIGGING AT THE FOUNDATION OF A 100 YEAR OLD BRIDGE BUT WERE SURPRISED WHEN IT STARTED TO FALL APART!

    I mean literally fall apart… like pieces actually fell off and that’s what forced the closure. I have no trouble believing that the same folks who oversaw that effort where they patched it up and left are well aware that this bridge is a catastrophe waiting to happen.

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  6. Brewster January 6, 2017 at 1:01 pm

    Keep records of your communication to the Government regarding the bridge just in case something happens. Hope nothing does and await a survey. Let’s hope they are listening and will attend asap.

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