New $59M bridge opens in Chesterfield, St Mary

 The new Chesterfield Bridge in St Mary, which was officially opened on Wednesday. (Photo: JIS)
The new Chesterfield Bridge in St Mary, which was officially opened on Wednesday. (Photos: JIS)

Residents of Chesterfield in St Mary now have improved access to their community following the opening of a $59-million bridge by Prime Minister Andrew Holness.

The bridge, which runs across the Wag Water River, was officially opened to pedestrians and vehicular traffic during a ceremony on Wednesday, October 16.

Holness said this formed part of the Government’s plan for the development of the northeastern end of the island which includes St Mary, Portland and parts of St Thomas.

More bridges to come

He noted that there are other bridges being installed at Barracks River in the parish, as well as Tranquility in Portland and Mahogany Vale in St Thomas.

“In the next financial year, we will make another allocation to do a similar project where we will seek to repair or replace bridges right across the island,” he said.

 Prime Minister Andrew Holness (third left), walks across the new Chesterfield Bridge in St Mary after officially opening it during a ceremony on Wednesday. He was accompanied by several government officials.
Prime Minister Andrew Holness (third left), walks across the new Chesterfield Bridge in St Mary after officially opening it during a ceremony on Wednesday. He was accompanied by several government officials.

While he is pleased that the bridge is now complete, Holness expressed concern that it took 14 months and not the six to seven months originally projected.

He pointed out, however, that the delay did not result from incompetence, but rather inclement weather, the need to source specialised equipment to erect the bridge, as well as the lengthy procurement process.

The works also included creating approach roads on both sides of the structure, which also took some time.