NWA to begin new phase of works at Portia Simpson Miller Square this weekend, traffic to be impacted

Date Published: 
28 Dec 2018


The National Works Agency (NWA) will this Sunday begin another phase of the works to construct two Overpass Bridges at Portia Simpson Miller Square in St. Andrew. The Agency is advising that this new phase of work will result in additional changes to traffic movement.

Manager, Communication and Customer Services at the NWA, Stephen Shaw says that starting this Sunday and for the next three months, concrete Girders which are critical components of the bridges will be launched. The Girders which are already built and are in storage near the Port, will be transported to the construction site via Highway 2000 and Marcus Garvey Drive.

Mr. Shaw says that in order to minimize disruption, especially to vehicular traffic, the transport and launching of the Girders will be done between the hours of 10:00 am and 12 noon and 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm daily. The movement of the Girders which are 100 feet in length will result in disruption of traffic along a section of the Portmore leg of Highway 2000. It will also impact the traffic along Chesterfield Drive.

Mr. Shaw says that the police have been engaged and that key stakeholders, who are members of the business community in the vicinity of the works have also been engaged. He says the launching of the Girders is a highly technical and dangerous exercise, which will also result in pedestrians being restricted from entering the work zone.

The work at Portia Simpson Miller Square forms part of the project to improve Hagley Park Road and is being done at a cost of US$53 – million. It is one of the government’s legacy projects being done under the Major Infrastructure Development Programme, (MIDP).