A CONTRACT has been signed between the China Railway First Group and the Works and Transport Ministry for the supply of four Bailey bridges over the next three months to be used during emergencies.
A deal was signed between ministry permanent secretary Commander Francis Kean and executives of the Chinese company for the supply of four spans which are estimated to be worth more than $1.9million.
A government statement said initially it had been planned to bring in the bridges as a temporary crossing for the broken Moto bridge in Ba, however, because of the time factor the plan was shelved.
The Heavy Compact HD 200 Portable Steel Bridge is a prefabricated bridge composed of three-metre panels that can allow vehicles to cross.
Each bridge span is 51 metres long and can accommodate a maximum load of 30 tonnes.
The bridge components will be kept in a storage facility and assembled when the need arises.
The Moto bridge was damaged during the recent floods.