The Deputy Governor of Kozani, Grigoris Tsioumaris, visited the bridge of Rymni with the Director of Technical Works, P.E.. Kozani Costa Griva, the head of the Department of Transportation P.E.. Kozani Anastasia Karageorgou and the supervising engineers of the project Maria Chalkidou, Styliani Georgiadou and Stelio Gioura.
Mr.. Tsioumaris doing on-site autopsy both on the whole bridge but also on the important construction details of the dismantling of the worn - outdated jointing materials, of railings and safety railings, informed by the Director Mr.. Griva but also the person in charge of the project Mr.. Vassilis Dede that the works are going smoothly and that the contractor, following exactly the five-week schedule, will deliver the bridge for traffic at the end of next week.
Both Mr.. Tsioumaris as well as Mr.. Grivas stressed the importance of this project, as well as from the date of construction of the bridge (1970) until today it had never been maintained. Besides, the metal finds below the road at the joints testify to the necessity of the project.
More specifically, the following tasks were performed :
- Dismantling and filling of expansion joints with modern construction tools and materials
- Dismantling of all deformed railings and installation of new and safer ones
- Dismantling of worn and dangerous slabs for pedestrians on the bridge fins
- Installation of new safety railings
- Dismantling of the entire existing asphalt road and its replacement with non-slip carpet
It should also be mentioned that with the new study for the bridge register that is in the process of tender there will be a more complete picture (drawing drawings, static adequacy etc.) and then the way of electrification of the bridge will be decided (in pillars, on the sides or floor) giving new standards of safety and high aesthetics to its numerous users.