Fond St. Jacques Bridge opens

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Fond St. Jacques Bridge opens
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The closed Mocha Bridge. * Photo credit: stluciamirroronline.org

GIS – The Ministry of Infrastructure, Port Services and Transport (MIPST) is set to open the newly reconstructed Fond St. Jacques (Mocha) Bridge on Sunday, April 13, 2014.

This is the fourth bridge to be constructed in Soufriere by the MIPST from 2012.

The Mocha Bridge sustained major structural damage as a result of Hurricane Tomas in 2010, and in May 2013, further deterioration surfaced.  The MIPST was forced to close the bridge to vehicular traffic.

The new structure is a two-lane 9.6 metre wide bridge, a vast improvement from the previous single lane bridge. It has a total span of 14.6 metres. One pedestrian sidewalk was included, while safety railings were placed on either side of the bridge.

River protection works utilising a strong stone system was employed to prevent erosion and ensure proper flow and alignment is maintained. Concrete road drains were also built to channel run off water and to protect the new structure.

Construction and Industrial Equipment (CIE) commenced construction in September 2013. The contractor was engaged through the Finance and Build Model.

The MIPST is thankful for the patience and understanding exercised by residents and motorists who were greatly inconvenienced during the closure of the old Mocha bridge.

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