Inauguration of Bridge “Friendship Mexico-Saint Vincent and the Grenadines”

 photo credit: UNOPS

 

Improving Transport Infrastructure in Saint Vincent and the Grenadines

Tuesday, 20 March, the inauguration of the Bridge "Friendship Mexico-Saint Vincent and the Grenadines", in St. Vincent and the Grenadines took place. This is the longest bridge in the country and improves the vehicular connection through the leeward side of the island and provides better transport infrastructure for residents of the area.

The United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS) is a specialized agency and operational arm of the United Nations, supporting the successful implementation of its partners' peacebuilding, humanitarian and development projects around the world. The Bridge "Friendship Mexico-Saint Vincent and the Grenadines" was designed and built with a focus on providing a resilient infrastructure and considering the mitigation against the impact of future heavy rainfall events through the protection of riverbanks; along with the renovation of the bridges.

UNOPS implemented the project on behalf of the Government of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, with funding from the Yucatan Fund of the Government of Mexico. The major infrastructural components included the design and reconstruction of the main Cumberland Bridge and three (3) small bridges and the repair or road and culverts upstream of the main bridge that were damaged by the passage of a tropical weather system in 2013, as well as river embankment protection.  The project activities took place between January 2016 to February 2018.

The sense of urgency is being acutely felt by most people in a number of islands in the Caribbean. The 2018 Hurricane season is only three months away. The need for a radical change in the way we build and plan our infrastructure is indisputable.

The lessons of 2017 must be brought into our physical infrastructure planning and execution. It can only happen through collaboration and a focus on innovative long-term infrastructure that is the cable of serving the urgent needs of today while withstanding the long-term challenges of tomorrow.