Made in Jamaica Ep9: Andrew Flat Bridge’s Ambitious Fruit Seller
In the island of Jamaica there are very few places that has earned the mythology that Flat Bridge has. Located within the Bog Walk gorge, Flat Bridge is officially one of the oldest bridges in Jamaica and has been the main link connecting the north and south sections of the island since the 1770s. For many, the trip across the Rio Cobre is treated as a rite of passage especially for new drivers as Flat Bridge is only wide enough for one vehicle at a time.
Over the years, around the bridge a small community has emerged, consisting of mainly food vendors and divers, who are normally first in line to assist passengers if any vehicle find their way into the river. Sadly, with the new North – South highway now operational, many drivers have been diverted away from Flat Bridge and thus taking their potential business away from the residents of Flat Bridge. But how have they (the people of Flat Bridge) adjusted to this new reality? The Made in Jamaica crew made a stop at the popular landmark and spoke with Andrew, a young entrepreneur from the area, and tried to find out how the loss of traffic has been affecting Flat Bridge.