Transportation Infrastructure Rehabilitation Programme Dry River Bridge, St. Andrew

Client Representative National Works Agency
Budget US$8.9million
Location St. Andrew
Contractor KIER Construction Limited
% Completion (Physical) 85% At July 17, 2011
Expected Completion Date 20th September 2011


The National Works Agency intends to let a civil works contract for, the construction of the Dry River Bridge in the parish of St. Andrew. This project is being funded and executed under the Inter American Development Bank (IDB) Loan Contract No. 2026/OC-JA.

Scope of Works

The scope of works includes:

  • Steel H-piling for abutments and piers
  • Reinforced concrete pile caps
  • Reinforced concrete stem wall
  • Reinforced concrete beam seat
  • Erection of steel beams and reinforced deck slab together with an Asphaltic Concrete layer
  • Electrical works
  • Provision for utilities, National Water Commission, Jamaica Public Service, Cable and Communication ducts
  • Adequate rock armour and river protection for abutments


The roadway pavement structural section will consist of an Asphaltic Concrete layer on a new base, reconstructed base or existing paved section.

Progress & Programme

Road Works

  • Fort Nugent Drive intersection is closed and work commenced on the approaches to the roundabout.
  • A number of underground infrastructure works of utility companies have been encountered during the excavation. These include LIME, FLOW and National Water Commission.
  • The NWA and the contractor are working in collaboration with these utility companies to carry out relocation which will facilitate completion on or near our schedule.
  • Orion Avenue in east Harbour View has been closed for six weeks to facilitate storm water drainage works and completion of the intersection to the main road.
  • The south east approach lanes exit to the airport and entrance to Kingston at the roundabout have been paved and opened to traffic.

Bridge Works

  • The concrete to the bridge decks, sidewalks and parapet walls are nearing completion.
  • The installation of hand rails along the parapet walls is 90% complete.
  • Six of the eight support for the street lights have been casted.
  • The approach slabs are 80% complete.

Overall the project is 85% complete at July 17, 2011.

Project Timeline: 
Sunday, July 17, 2011 to Tuesday, September 20, 2011