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Expect delays along Runaway Bay to Bengal Bridge roadway this weekend — NWA

Friday, July 12, 2019

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KINGSTON, Jamaica — The National Works Agency (NWA) is advising motorists of possible delays this weekend along a section of the North-coast Highway, between St Ann and Trelawny.

NWA, in a media release today, said work is slated to take place in the vicinity of the Bengal Bridge, located on the Trelawny/St Ann border, where the roadway has failed.

Manager of Communication and Customer Services at the NWA, Stephen Shaw, explained that a drainage pipe located underneath the roadway has collapsed resulting in the failure.

Shaw said that the damaged drainage pipe will be replaced with free-draining material that will require the excavation of the roadway.

He said the work will be undertaken one lane at a time so motorists using that roadway should expect queues of traffic as the corridor will be reduced to single lane during the period of works.

Shaw added that the intent is to undertake the works, 24 hours a day, over the weekend, so as to have the roadway's two lanes back in a serviceable condition in the shortest amount of time. The work, which will be undertaken as an emergency, is expected to cost approximately $25 million.

NWA is appealing to motorists to exercise patience, and caution, as they traverse the corridor and to obey the instructions of flag persons and signs.

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