Time and tide deal bridge a bad hand

2011-06-24 00:00

MOTHER Nature, Father Climate and the Moon appear to be playing the people of Kelso and Pennington, not to mention the contractors, a game of now you have it, now you don’t.

In the week when the beams of the area’s new bridge were supposed to be laid across the river, practically no progress has been possible as the water level has tantalisingly risen and fallen.

The owners of the heavy cranes necessary to position the 25-metre long beams are loath to risk their multi-million rand equipment on the precarious sand isthmus surrounding the piers. The bugbear this time is the spring tide and the high swell, rather than the rain, although that has contributed too.

High seas that poured over the beach and then could not escape with the mouth closed have seen the water level close over the “feet” of the new pier where the cranes should be standing.

Meanwhile man has to wait on time and tide, and the contractors sit around, wishing even harder than the townsfolk for the water level to drop. As things stand the level goes down by millimetres, while trucks drop off more sand to try to raise the base. The delays are costing the contractors heavily, because, as they say, this is where the buck stops.

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