Prime Minister, Andrew Holness (centre), officially reopens the rehabilitated Georges River Bridge in East Rural St. Andrew during a ceremony on Wednesday (August 21). Also participating is Member of Parliament for the constituency, Juliet Holness (right), and National Works Agency (NWA) Communication and Customer Services Manager, Stephen Shaw.
Residents of Mavis Bank and neighboring communities in East Rural St. Andrew now have easier access to their communities, following the rehabilitation of the Georges River Bridge in the constituency.
It was officially re-opened by Prime Minister Andrew Holness, during a ceremony on Wednesday, August 21.
The project was initiated by Member of Parliament, Juliet Holness, who, in her address during the ceremony, said the undertaking was a strategic move in a bid to improve the quality of life for the constituents.
In his remarks, Prime Minister Holness, who commended the National Works Agency (NWA) for the work undertaken, noted that the previous bridge, which was some 15 feet wide, was an impediment for motorists, as it could only accommodate one vehicle at a time.
The bridge, which is located in Violet Bank, which was renovated at a cost of $21 million by the NWA has now been expanded to 36 feet and can now accommodate two large vehicles simultaneously.
“It is high enough to allow for the unimpeded flow of the stream that runs underneath [and] it is strong enough to be able to withstand the vagaries of climate change,” Mr Holness informed.
Mr Holness noted that widening the bridge is also important for agricultural access, especially for coffee farmers, as well as facilitating easier access for large trucks and moving material for ongoing construction work in the area.
The Prime Minister said he is aware that there are other bridges across the island that need attention, and assured that they will be dealt with in short order.
These include the Windsor, Grosmond, and Lacovia bridges in St. Elizabeth; Leith Hall and Ramble bridges in St. Thomas; Baxter’s Mountain Bridge in St. Mary; and the Montego River Bridge in St. James.