Works Ministry says La Horquetta Walkover upgrade to be done in two phases

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Works Ministry says La Horquetta Walkover upgrade to be done in two phases

The Ministry of Works and Transport says it is moving to have the La Horquetta Walkover renovated.

In a media release issued this afternoon, the Ministry said it is aware of the level of concern for safety, and is moving to have the walkover upgraded.

The Highways Division, through its Maintenance Programme earmarked this walkover for upgrade works after in-house Engineers conducted inspections and formulated a strategic repair work plan earlier this year.

The upgrade of this particular walkover has been divided into two phases. Phase one, which was completed, included work on the ground level and lower ramp area.

Phase two, the Ministry said “encompasses fabrication work that will address the obvious but non-threatening corrosion along the span of the pedestrian overpass. Scheduled repair works for Phase two of this project has been delayed due to the ongoing COVID- 19 Pandemic.”

The Ministry said it retained a team of Inspectors and Engineers, who routinely survey the structural integrity of all its bridges, roads, walkovers and flyovers.

“This team has identified structures that require critical upgrades and rehabilitation work and this will be addressed via the Ministry’s Maintenance Programme on an ongoing basis.”

The Works Ministry said “despite the current aesthetics of the walkover, the La Horquetta Pedestrian Overpass is structurally sound and poses no direct threat to the commuting public.”

The Highways Division mobilized a team to expedite work on this particular structure.

Further, the Ministry of Works and Transport said it will continue to review and improve its existing maintenance systems to ensure that our infrastructural assets provide the required level of safety and security for users.

See video of the La Horquetta Walkover in its current state –