More than 12.000 residents of La Cabrera and adjacent areas must walk from their sectors to exit the Charallave-Ocumare highway, in order to board a transport unit that will take them to their destinations.
The inhabitants of this sector, in the Tomás Lander municipality (Ocumare del Tuy), Miranda, took an unpleasant surprise due to the fracture of an important section of the bridge that connects the Charallave and Ocumare parishes, along the national highway, at the height from the El Rincón sector.
Iván Zerpa, a neighbor of the sector, had denounced more than two months ago that the frame of the bridge was cracked and little by little it was giving way. Villagers complained about the lack of maintenance.
The edge fault that collapsed affected the asphalt layer of a canal on the Charallave-Ocumare national highway, due to the ground being undermined and slipping. Neighbors pointed out that the rainfall also helped the collapse of the structure.
Community spokesmen recalled that, a week ago, Civil Protection officials together with specialized technicians in the matter, were at the place at the request made by the neighbors.
They had warned about the cracks in the asphalt and the edges of the bridge. "Although the technicians assured that the bridge was not going to give way, it collapsed at dawn this Wednesday," said resident José Pérez.
Inhabitants of the urban areas Pueblo Nuevo, Santa Marta, Vallecito, and more than 15 communities, hope that the government authorities will restore the passage, because they were cut off, because there is no passage of vehicles.
They warned that the main pipeline which passes through the bridge can also collapse, in such a way that the damage can be greater. "This structure had not been maintained since the 80s, when there was storm Brett," revealed the resident Jesús González.
He added that another of the existing problems in the territorial axis of La Cabrera is the water boat at the height of the Piloncito community.
He expressed that there are 10 communal councils that make up the El Sueño de Bolívar y Chávez commune, 10 Clap and 4 UBCH whose spokespersons have made requests for the repairs of the bridge, water boats and other services; but they have not received answers or concrete solutions.
Civil Protection Miranda and Firefighters from the entity inspected the area.