Thursday 14th October 2021 – CARLOS LÓPEZ with Mike Smith
Numerous residents and curious onlookers have been observing the activity at the Triana Bridge as the project to remove the bases of the old bridge appears to be nearing completion. The new 487,000 bridge was opened in early August 2020 but the bases which supported the old crossing, which was badly damaged by storms and closed to heavy traffic for some years, remained in place for more than a year, despite promises to remove them as soon as possible.
In June 2021, Murcian contractor Eneas Servicios Integrales won the contract to carry out the project, offering almost 69,000 euros to complete the work, knocking almost a third off the original estimated budget.
Now, in mid-October, everyone have been surprised by the expertise of the operators of the machines to remove the concrete slabs that were located in the bed of the river Gorgos, but without a doubt this Wednesday the image of an excavator from the local company Montgó SL removing the remains of the bed stones from the river in an impressive demonstration of balance right on the edge of the retaining wall made the most impact.
Meanwhile, work on the channel has been carried out normally, with two small excavators lowered to the water level which demolished the three concrete slabs that supported the old bridge. It will be necessary to wait for the water to become clear again to check if the work has actually been carried out correctly.