The bridge that binds
by Emmanuel Joseph
It’s a miracle in my life time.
That is how a 67-year-old resident of Roach Village, in St. George has described the recent construction of a bridge over a deep gully and water course, that sandwiched neighbouring Bellair and his community.
Andrew Hinkson was like most of the residents of both villages who made the trecherous gully a foot path of convenience, not only to get from one district to the other and to benefit from a “more reliable” Transport Board bus service, but also for children in Roach Village to reach the Cuthbert Moore Primary School, without having to “walk all round the road” and compete with traffic.
Each resident interviewed told of the dangerous trek up and down the deep gully, which became even more challenging when it rained heavily.
“Before the bridge was built, the school children’s shoes were muddy by the time they reached over here and they would come here and get their shoes cleaned off,” recalled two members of a family who live in Bellair overlooking the gully.
That family described the erection of the bridge was a very good move, especially for the children and older people from Roach Village.
Another householder from the area told Barbados TODAY that many people used the bridge right now. Denise Stuart, a baby sitter, who had been living in Roach Village for the past 19 years, thought the
bridge made life much easier for residents, especially those who had to use the midnight Transport Board bus.
“Because the Flat Rock bus, which passes through Roach Village is unreliable, sometimes it comes and sometimes it doesn’t, people can now catch a number of buses such as Bathsheba and get off in Market Hill or by Cuthbert Moore and walk through Bellair and cross the bridge,” Stuart said.
Carlton Wickham, who moved to the district in 1960, also travelled through the gully before the completion of the bridge, which started mid last year.
“It was very difficult going through there when it rained,” Wickham remembered.
Sixty five year old Tyrone Clarke told this newspaper he had intimate knowledge about the history of the bridge.
“On February 18, 2012, Jepter Ince walked through here and I told him we needed a bridge badly,” he said. “Less than six months later, we had a road and a bridge.”
Going through that gully was 50/50 life and death. When the rain fell, you couldn’t use the gully. When people get off the 12 o’clock bus, they had to walk through several villages or five miles around Market Hill to get to Roach Village,” declared Clarke.