Ground was officially broken for work to begin on the JDIP
funded Rio Grande Bridge Project on Wednesday, January 12, 2011 in St.
Margaret’s Bay, Portland.
Intended to be one of the longest bridges in the island on
completion, it is being built consequent upon the permanent damage to the old
structure during the passage of Hurricane ‘Dennis’ in July, 2005. Construction
of the new bridge is expected to begin in February and scheduled for completion
in April, 2012.
Speaking at the groundbreaking ceremony, Minister Mike Henry
said, “I endorse the Jamaica Development Infrastructure Programme in a wholesome
sensed on this major bridge project. China Harbour Engineering Company Ltd; one
of the world’s top construction companies, is in charge of the project, which
means that the community can expect the highest standards in the construction of
the new facility, which is very important to the linkages across this section of
Continuing, he said, “There is much more that needs to be
done to remedy some of the damaged infrastructure in
Portland, but it must be appreciated that there is the
rest of the country to attend to. Hence I crave the patience of the people of
Portland, as we work to bring the other necessary relief as soon as
The Minister noted that the project will generate jobs for the
community, something he said, was also being done in many other areas over the
country on both large and small undertakings under JDIP. He called for all the
stakeholders to embrace not only the Rio Grande Bridge Project but all the
others occurring all over the island under JDIP.