Emergency works for Leguan Stelling underway

Structural emergency works” conducted with emergency funding will soon commence on the Leguan Stelling in Region Two (Essequibo Islands/West Demerara), while “full rehabilitation” of the structure will be budgeted for in the Public Infrastructure Ministry’s 2018 budget.
Public Infrastructure Minister David Patterson has made this disclosure to the Department of Public Information (DPI).
Reports had, two months ago, surfaced in the media that several piles supporting the Leguan Stelling had substantially rotted, and boat operators and motorists were calling on the authorities to fix them.
According to Minister Patterson, some of the findings in the preliminary report submitted had revealed that, indeed, some of the piles had deteriorated, though not to an extent that would jeopardise the structural integrity of the stelling. What has been revealed, however, is that the metal strips of the stelling had substantially eroded, and there is need for some braces to be installed there.
“While (Leguan Ferry Stelling) is not structurally unsafe, (the deterioration there) gives the impression that the stelling is swaying under the weight (of traffic), so we have decided that we will put in some braces. We are looking at all of those, and a lot of the boards at the stelling are loose; those we will do this year,” the Department of Public Information has quoted Minister Patterson as having said.
Minister Patterson has also noted that some remedial works to the breakwaters (structures constructed along coastlines as part of coastal defence, or to protect an anchorage from the effects of both weather and longshore drift) and other rehabilitation works will be undertaken in the region in 2018.