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Three bridges are to be constructed in western Jamaica, one each in Trelawny, St. James and Hanover, under the R.A. Murray bridge construction programme.
Under the programme, some 11 bridges are to be constructed at various points across the island.
According to Manager of Communications and Customer Service at the National Works Agency (NWA), Stephen Shaw, the three bridges for western Jamaica will be constructed at Seven Rivers, St. James; Green Island in Hanover; and Martha Brae in Trelawny.
He said that work on the Seven Rivers bridge was the most advanced of the three, with a contract for $90 million already signed and some preliminary work done.
“We have already started construction at Seven Rivers, where we have done significant work in respect of the piling. We are going to start the post abutment shortly, and of course we intend to have this structure in place, to replace the old Bailey bridge, within about five months,” he told JIS News in an interview.
Mr. Shaw explained that surveys to determine a route to redirect the traffic that uses the present Green Island Bailey Bridge, are still being carried out, as that traffic would have to be redirected to allow for the proper construction of the new bridge.
The Trelawny bridge to be replaced is the one near the Rafters Village where the ‘Rafting on the Martha Brae’ attraction terminates.
Mr. Shaw said once the contracts for the bridges in Trelawny and Hanover have been signed and work begins, the construction should be completed in six months.