The National Works Agency (NWA) is set to begin works on installing a single-lane traffic bridge over a section of the Barracks River in St. Mary. The new structure will be an improvement on a previously-existing footbridge, which was destroyed during a major flood event.
NWA Communication and Customer Services Manager, Stephen Shaw, says preliminary activities under the project is scheduled to commence this Monday, January 28. He says a new Compact 200 Modular Bridge will be installed at the site.
The new structure will span fifteen meters and be wide enough to accommodate small and medium-sized vehicles. The bridge installation works, construction of abutments and the paving of approach roads are expected to be completed within four months.
The $32 million-dollar Barracks River Bridge construction project is being implemented under the Government of Jamaica’s Recurrent Bridge Development Programme. It is the latest in a number of similar bridge replacement or upgrade works being undertaken by the NWA as part of its bridge replenishment programme. The Agency aims to reduce its deficient bridge population by 1% each year.