L.B. Smith Bridge repair work starting soon
WILLEMSTAD - The Curaçao Ports Authority (CPA) will begin repair work on the L.B. Smithbrug in Waaigat, in early June 2016. Therefore, the bridge will be closed for pedestrians from June 6th until June 10th 2016
The current bridge parts are made of Azobe wood. This is a hardwood species that can last for a long time, under normal circumstances, However, due to high temperatures, humidity and lack of ventilation, the Azobe wood is rotting away.
At the end of June 2014, CPA temporarily repaired the bridge by placing an auxiliary steel frame and filling the rotted timber with wooden parts and epoxy.
However, the rotting process was so far advanced, that the curvature of the bridge was partly gone. Consequently the decision has been made to renew the fixed parts.
The Dutch company Meerdink Bridges, commissioned by the CPA, will replace the existing wooden bridge parts, by two in Winterswijk, manufactured durable bridge constructions.