Government on Thursday, officially broke ground for the commencement of work on the York Valley Bridge in the Layou Valley.
The York Valley Bridge was severely damaged following the collapse of the Matthieu Dam in July 2011.
Chinese firm, China Railways Cooperative will reconstruct the bridge which is estimated at a cost of EC$11m. The government of the People’s Republic of China is funding the project.
At the ground breaking ceremony, Hon Prime Minister, Dr Roosevelt Skerrit remarked that the new piece of infrastructure will enhance opportunities for the people of the Layou area.
“This, no doubt is an important piece of infrastructure that will enhance opportunities in farming and tourism for the residents of Layou, Layou Valley and Layou Park. This is a commitment that the Government gave to you and we are grateful to the Government of the People’s Republic of China for coming to our assistance, yet again, in the form of a grant to construct this important infrastructure,” he remarked.
The Hon Parliamentary Representative for the St. Joseph constituency, Kelver Darroux, is also grateful for the gift from the People’s Republic of China. He said he is elated to bring this new development which will transform this part of his constituency, particularly for farmers.
“The farmers here can testify that having to traverse this road on a daily basis to access their farms has not been easy and that is why this bridge is the stepping stone to having this entire Layou Valley transformed and taken to a new height,” he said.