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Revisit overhead bridge at Merl Grove High

Published:Saturday | August 16, 2014 | 12:00 AM
Students of Merl Grove High cross the ultra-busy Constant Spring Road in St Andrew. Calls for an overhead bridge, similar to that between Wolmer's Prep and Wolmer's Girls School, have not been heeded. - File


In 2004, a Merl Grove High School student was the victim of a fatal accident. There was chatter in every sector of society about why the overhead bridge should be built. There was great concern for the children's safety and melodrama followed meetings.

The conclusion was that there wasn't enough space on either side of the road and money was unavailable. Hogwash!

A classic example of small space well executed with an overhead bridge is the location at Wolmer's Girls' School. Where are our city engineers and architects?

We are so good at having nine-day talk, and then the discussion goes to the back burner. The children who attend Merl Grove High are not cows, goats or pigs; they are human beings and future leaders of this country.

God forbid, but should we wait until something drastic happens before we sensationalise the overhead bridge and then wish away a tragedy that could have been prevented? The children's lives are at risk daily.

Imagine hearing the incredulous news of $57 million spent on Festival celebrations, yet a overhead bridge for students' safety is placed into File 13, still gathering dust and cobwebs.

Should we stand and wave our placards reading 'PRIORITIES! PRIORITIES!' at Gordon House.

To quote Tony Blair: It's not an arrogant government that chooses priorities, it's an irresponsible government that fails to choose.