Beef Island Bridge now officially opened
was the resounding cry at the prompting of chairperson Geraldine
Ritter-Freeman, Acting Chief Information Officer, at the opening
ceremony on Monday June 10th of the new bridge linking Beef Island
years ago on February 23rd, 1966, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II
opened a one-lane bridge between the two islands. The bridge was
part of a British aid scheme package approved for the territory,
which included the Road Town/Cane Garden Bay road and the Road
Town/West End road.
Minister the Honourable Ralph T. O’Neal recalled that it was a
very significant scheme, coming at a time when Cable and Wireless
was putting down a modern tele-communication system, government was
expanding electricity on Tortola and Virgin Gorda and when tourism
was given a boost with the construction of the Little Dix Bay Hotel
and the start of the development of Peter Island Hotel and Biras
recalled that the development of Wickham's Cay was ongoing and the
prospects for the territory were very good.
praise and thank the Most High that I am alive to see this bridge
dedicated and put into operation,” the BVI leader declared. “As
far as I am concerned, whatever is past is past; we have learnt many
lessons in dealing with this bridge and it is left for us to use
those lessons for our edification.”
Minister O’Neal pointed out that the local government financed the
new bridge and he anticipates that the bridge would meet the demands
for traffic for a long time to come.
using the new bridge would still be required to use the same method
of paying the toll of 50˘. The wooden building was relocated in
time for the opening of the bridge. The Island Sun understands that
the agents collect less than $100 a day on average.
see no reason why that until we get a very reliable supply of
electricity that the present method of collecting the toll cannot be
continued,” Hon. O’Neal stated. “I would suggest more thought
be given to the method of controlling and collecting toll
had introduced a proposal to build a $400,000 mechanized toll booth,
but the Chief Minister announced Monday that this will be reviewed,
with a view to reducing the cost considerably.
his remarks, His Excellency Governor Frank Savage announced that it
was premature to refer to the new bridge as the new Queen Elizabeth
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