Minister of Transport and Works, Hon. Michael Henry, on Wednesday January 5, officially opened the Martha Brae Bridge in Falmouth, Trelawny, which was built at a cost of approximately US$2 .1 million under the Government of Jamaica /R.A Murray Bridge Programme.
The structure is one of 11 being constructed across the island under phase two of the initiative.
In a brief address, Minister Henry underscored the importance of the bridge for the ongoing development of Trelawny and facilitating the movement of people.
He said the new structure is just the start of a major project to improve the road network in the parish, pointing to work to be undertaken as part of the Jamaica Development Infrastructure Programme (JDIP). “We are here as a team to develop and make sure that the parish grows,” he stated.
The Minister noted further that the bridge has the potential to enhance tourism in Trelawny as it will improve access to the popular Martha Brae rafting attraction.
"I am sure it must boost the rafters, who operate from this vicinity here on Martha Brae, whose livelihood and exposure of the world to rafting is important to the government and the people of Trelawny," he stated.
Meanwhile, Member of Parliament for North Trelawny, Dr. Patrick Harris, stated that the bridge is a "very important addition to the transportation network in the parish of Trelawny," adding that it will lead to the opening up of many other areas of the parish.
Some 17 bridges are being built under the R.A. Murray programme, which is being undertaken in four phases at a cost of approximately US$50 million. All structures are constructed with sidewalks to facilitate pedestrian traffic.