Work to start soon on Barracks River Bridge

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THE National Works Agency (NWA) is set to begin work 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.

NWA Communication and Customer Services Manager Stephen Shaw said preliminary activities under the project are scheduled to commence next Monday, January 28. He said a new Compact 200 Modular Bridge will be installed at the site.

The new structure will span 15 metres and be wide enough to accommodate small and medium-sized vehicles. The bridge installation work, 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 work being undertaken by the NWA as part of its bridge replenishment programme. The agency said it is aiming to reduce its deficient bridge population by one per cent each year.

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