The last we heard of the Swing Bridge was that the father of the City Manager who has no engineering certification was doing repairs on the bridge. William Bill Lindo went on record to say he is not certified and that the repairs would cost more than estimated and will take longer than initially proposed. This was a few months ago. Fast forward to today and the media got to find out what the status is of the bridge.
Bernard Wagner, Mayor of Belize City: “That again was brought to light following Councilor of Works going underneath that bridge. That bridge is in a dire straights of disrepair, it needs urgent attention. Again, we believe at the council that that has to be a collaborative effort with the council and central government and other NGOs and IDB. This is a good project for the IDB actually rather than the Apollo Street but it’s something that- how can you be talking about Downtown rejuvenation, have all these projects lined up for Downtown rejuvenation but have nothing in there to rejuvenate the Swing Bridge ? That is an area that we are looking at very closely to ensure that the main thing there ,safety of residents, is always at the forefront of any decision that we make.”
Reporter: Do you still have the idea that we should replace the bridge altogether ?
Bernard Wagner, Mayor of Belize City: “Due to the historical nature of the bridge there are people who want to keep the historic bridge and then there are others who are saying new bridge completely so the first thing is to find funding, you can’t come up with any concept if you don’t have funding and so that is the key area that we want to pursue, finding funding and I will continue to knock on doors of everybody out there to fund this bridge.”