Hope springs afresh with new Kintyre bridge

Published: Saturday | December 7, 2013 Comments 0
Scores of community members walk on the new Kintyre bridge, which was officially opened on Wednesday. - Jermaine Barnaby/Photographer
Scores of community members walk on the new Kintyre bridge, which was officially opened on Wednesday. - Jermaine Barnaby/Photographer

THERE WAS no troubled water flowing below it, but the Kintyre bridge in St Andrew stands ready for any, should it arrive.  Scores of residents from both sides of the Hope River turned out for the official opening on Wednesday.

Dr Morais Guy, minister with responsibility for works, said it was "a dream come true", as he recalled Kintyre had become a "routine news item" every time the hurricane season came around.

"Hope springs afresh because, for you residents, the time has come," he said.

The bridge is the second of 17 that were funded through the Jamaica Development Infrastructure Programme.

While hailing the bridge's completion, Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller called on the public to help protect the investment. She highlighted the need for more infrastructure.

"Today is a good day, and a day of restoring hope to Hope River," she said. "I hope we will continue to be a bridge of hope for a brighter tomorrow."

Damion Crawford, member of parliament for East Rural St Andrew, noted that the project, unlike others, was free of interference.

"There was never even one report of extortion," he said. "I am grateful to the people for making the police have no work to do."

Crawford said he hoped the bridge would provide new opportunities for the Kintyre community.

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