MINISTER HENRY DECLARED GORGON TOWN BRIDGE OPEN
Minister of Transport and Works, Mike Henry (centre), cuts the ribbon in declaring the Gordon Town Bridge open. Looking on are Member of Parliament for East Rural St. Andrew, Joseph Hibbert (left), and Patrick Wong, CEO at the National Works Agency.
Minister of Transport and Works, Mike
Henry, declared the Gordon Town Bridge open, one of 11 bridges being constructed
across the island under the National Works Agency/Government of Jamaica billion
dollar R.A. Murray Priority Bridge Programme. After 75 years of existence, the
in St. Andrew was closed in January of this year to facilitate its demolition
The new Bridge was completed at a cost of just under $88 million by contractors Aegisco
Limited. Also, significant river training works were undertaken in the
process. This involved blasting and removing huge boulders that restricted the
flow of water along the river channel, and effecting protection of the
embankments from erosion.
Additionally, the NWA carried out rehabilitation work along the
Gordon Town Road, which had been damaged
by Tropical Storm Gustav in August 2008, to a cost of US$700,000.
at the handing over ceremony in the community, Minister Henry lauded the efforts
of the work team in ensuring that the project was completed in a timely and
cost-effective manner. “We are very
pleased to officially commission the new structure and the supporting facilities
into operation today, bringing relief and more comfort to the people who
routinely travel along this corridor. It is important to note that despite the
financial challenges that the government has faced over recent times, many
costly but very important works like these are still being done in recognition
of our mandate to respond effectively to the needs of the communities the
population in general.”
The scope of the works included reinforced concrete abutments,
steel girder with reinforced concrete deck, the construction of approach roads
and the construction of retaining walls, river training works and road
markings. Minister Henry also appealed to motorists, pedestrians, and especially
children to use the bridge in a safe manner, and urged the members of the
community to help protect and care for the structure.