Those who caused collapse of Rupununi Bridge may have to pay – Patterson

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Minister of Public Infrastructure, David Patterson has suggested that the road users responsible for the destruction of a bridge in South Rupununi may have to contribute to the cost of fixing it.

The bridge connecting South Rupununi with Central Rupununi collapsed on Friday last, blocking off residents from both sides from travelling.

The Yamatiwau Bridge was destroyed after a low-bed transporting an excavator attempted to cross. The driver ignored procedures of off-loading heavy equipment.

Minister Patterson told reporters Monday morning that attempts are being made to locate the driver and owner of the vehicles to see how the Ministry can “recoup” some of the cost for repairs.

An assessment team was dispatched to the area following the incident and the Minister said he is still awaiting the report.

In the meantime, a temporary bridge will be erected to facilitate the transportation of residents from Central and South Rupununi.

Meanwhile, Minister Patterson said the Ministry has teamed up with the Ministry of Public Security and the Guyana Geology and Mines Commission (GGMC) to determine whether the operations of the owners/driver of the low-bed and excavator are legal.

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