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The National Works Agency (NWA) has completed construction of the $169 million (US$1.9 million) Fairfield Bridge in St. James.
The new bridge, which can accommodate two lanes of traffic, replaces the single lane structure, which previously served the area. It sits on piles with a concrete abutment, and is equipped with sidewalks, guardrails, and other safety measures.
Completion of the Fairfield Bridge brings to three, the number of new bridges that the NWA has constructed in western Jamaica since 2008, informed NWA Community Relations Officer for the region, Janel Ricketts.
The other two are the Seven Rivers Bridge also in St. James, and the Queen’s River Bridge in Green Island, Hanover.
Ms. Ricketts informed that the Seven Rivers Bridge was completed in late January 2009 at a cost of $90 million (US$1,011,236), while work on the Queen’s River Bridge was completed in November 2009 for just under $89 million (US$1 million).
“The NWA will now be focussing on completing the Martha Brae Bridge in Trelawny and constructing a new bridge in Troy also in Trelawny,” she stated.
The Martha Brae Bridge is expected to cost some $169 million (US$1.9 million), while the Troy Bridge is estimated at $60 million (US$674,157).
Ms. Ricketts said that the bridges are all being built under the NWA’s billion dollar R. A. Murray Priority Bridge programme, under which some 17 structures are to be built across the island.

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