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  • The Government of Jamaica has awarded a $15.2 million contract to Alcar Construction and Haulage Company for the construction of a box culvert bridge in the West Central St. Catherine farming community of Wood Hall.
  • Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Portia Simpson Miller, who signed the contract this morning (July 27) at Jamaica House, said construction of the box culvert was the fulfillment of a promise to replace the existing structure, which has been severely damaged.
  • Work is expected to begin on August 3, and will include demolition of the existing structure, earthworks, river protection works, the placing of reinforced bars, and base construction and double excavation.

The Government of Jamaica has awarded a $15.2 million contract to Alcar Construction and Haulage Company for the construction of a box culvert bridge in the West Central St. Catherine farming community of Wood Hall.

Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Portia Simpson Miller, who signed the contract this morning (July 27) at Jamaica House, said construction of the box culvert was the fulfillment of a promise to replace the existing structure, which has been severely damaged.

“The existing structure, to which I am referring, was constructed many years ago. The damage made it unsafe for use and eventually, it became impassable due to the degradation of the structure caused by the rainfall over these years,” she said.

“The structure got worst with the persistent rainfalls, which caused scouring and erosion to its embankments,” she added, noting that the new bridge will bring tangible benefits to the residents.

Work is expected to begin on August 3, and will include demolition of the existing structure, earthworks, river protection works, the placing of reinforced bars, and base construction and double excavation.

Other St. Catherine communities expected to benefit from the project are Ginger Ridge, Bellefield, Marlie Hill, Bellas Gate and Blue Hole.

The Prime Minister emphasised that the Government, through the Ministry of Transport, Works and Housing and the National Works Agency (NWA), is determined to fix, modernise and improve the country’s road infrastructure.

“We are absolutely committed to overhauling the road network and repairing or replacing bridges…we are doing this in a systematic and planned way,” the Prime Minister said.