Wednesday, October 29, 2008

U.S. Military Donates a New Kendal Bridge

The flooding around the country is still headlining all the news media as the situation still calls for much attention in order to send aid to those in need.

The bridge in this photo is similar in design to the bridge that will be installed in Stann Creek District.

A new temporary bridge for the Sittee River crossing in the Stann Creek District arrived in Belize on October 24, courtesy of the United States military’s Southern Command (SOUTHCOM) with assistance from the U.S. Military Liaison Office in Belize City.

Ambassador Robert J. Dieter commented, “We are pleased to be able to assist the people of Belize, particularly those in the Stann Creek District, during these difficult times of flooding and other uncertainties."

The bridge, valued at approximately one million Belize dollars, will provide single-lane passage over the Sittee River at Kendal until the permanent bridge can be reconstructed. It is a 350-foot, anti-skid bridge and was manufactured by Mabey Bridge and Shore, Inc. It is a five-panel structure that can be disassembled, transported, and erected at another location after its service at Kendal is finished.

SOUTHCOM will send engineers to assist and provide guidance to the Ministry of Works on the installation of the bridge while the Government of Belize prepares the abutments and piers, and manages the installation of the bridge.

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