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The reconstruction of the Harbour Head Bridge in St. Thomas has been brought forward and is now slated to get underway by the end of the present financial year.
Minister of Transport and Works, Hon. Mike Henry, made the disclosure on (October 27) at the post Cabinet press briefing at Jamaica House.
The bridge, which had a weight limit of 12 tonnes, collapsed Wednesday (Oct. 20) under the pressure brought on by a truck weighing over 40 tonnes.
Minister Henry lamented the incident and issued a warning to operators of overweight trucks. “Let the warning go out very loudly. When the Vehicle Weight Enforcement Programme fully kicks in and begins to bite and certain trucks have to either be parked or run partly full, let nobody say even a word to me,” Mr. Henry said.
Turning to other projects, he said that repair work is being done on the Mandela Highway in response to wide-scale commuter challenges along that critically important corridor.
The Minister further informed that pothole patching works will be undertaken in the parishes of Clarendon, Kingston, Portland, St. Andrew, St. Ann, St. Catherine,
St. Mary, Trelawny and St. Thomas at a combined cost of $429.3 million under the Jamaica Infrastructure Development Programme.
Meanwhile, river training work is ongoing along the Monticott and Yallahs rivers in St. Thomas.

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