Wakapoa in Region Two, Pomeroon-Supenaam now boasts a newly constructed wooden bridge outfitted with steel rails and solar lights through a project done by the Ministry of Public Infrastructure at a cost of $19 million.
The Department of Public Information (DPI) said that Wakapoa residents, especially women who fetch farm produce and children attending school, are relieved since the bridge serves as a main access on their daily route. For many years, DPI said that villagers traversed between the two islands of Mairi to Boroda, walking on logs. Later a small wooden bridge only two feet wide was constructed but it became dilapidated. It caused several injuries.
Orlinda Richards told DPI of her unfortunate incident. “Crossing with my load from Myrie to Boroda my foot went through the old bridge, it was so painful… when my foot passed through the bridge I couldn’t pull it back out because it was stuck… when it (eventually) came out it was bleeding heavily …it was rough for the next three months and I had five children to send to school – two secondary and three primary….for 28 years I’ve been in this community I never seen development but thank God today that I can see this bridge”, she said, according to DPI…..