'It's wonderful'

'It's wonderful'

Ginger House residents happy for new swing bridge

Observer writer

Monday, November 11, 2019

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Residents of Ginger House in east Portland are expressing satisfaction following the installation of a new swing bridge.

The $7.1-million bridge was officially opened last Wednesday by Minister of Local Government and Community Development Desmond McKenzie.

Steve Osbourne, a farmer who lives in Cornwall Barracks, told the Jamaica Observer North & East that the bridge will significantly benefit residents of Ginger House and surrounding communities.

“This bridge is very important to me and the community. I remember in 1985/86 when the people from Cornwall Barracks who [sell] in Coronation Market have to take their load all on bad road and the bridge and I can tell you even donkey and mule carry load on that bridge and when that bridge break away it is bad feelings from the two side of the district.

“The next side couldn't come across and we couldn't go across. It was a pain and we were wondering when this bridge going to come back in operation. Now we see according to the good work of the Government and the good system we get back our bridge and the people are satisfied, very much. We can now get to see each other and carry out our produce and not walk in the river,” said Osbourne.

The bridge was destroyed in 2004, disrupting the lives of residents who were forced to cross the Rio Grande daily.

More than 1,500 residents now have easier access to their communities.

Marjorine Richards-Franklyn, who also spoke to Observer North & East, said she was happy for the bridge.

“This bridge is very important right now because when the bridge is not here we punish. We sprain hand and foot just because we have to cross the river and sometimes it a come down we have to get out and we have load pon we head from here to Kent and Seaman's Valley to get a vehicle. Now the bridge is here it is wonderful, wonderful,” said a smiling Richards-Franklyn.

In the meantime, McKenzie told residents that the main road leading to the community “will be given urgent attention to at least make driving a little bit easier than it is presently”.

Member of Parliament for Portland Eastern Ann-Marie Vaz, who participated in the opening ceremony, said she was delighted that the residents will no longer be inconvenienced in their daily movement in and out of the area.

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