KINGSTON, Jamaica - The National Works Agency (NWA) says that the Junction Road in the vicinity of the community of Chovey, St Mary, will be reduced to single lane from Tuesday, April 2 until Saturday, April 6.
NWA says that the closure is to facilitate works to the intersection and approach roads for the new Westmoreland Bridge. The bridge is being constructed under the Jamaica Development Infrastructure Programme (JDIP), at a cost of US$15 million.
The new bridge became necessary after the collapse of the original structure during the passage of Tropical Storm Gustav in 2008, Stephen Shaw NWA manager, Communications & Customer Services said.
Features of the new structure include a span of 180 metres, with two driving lanes and sidewalks for pedestrians. Works are currently underway on the deck of the bridge, as well as on stone protection for the abutments to mitigate the impact of storm flows. The new bridge is expected to have a lifespan of 75 years and is scheduled to be practically completed by the end of May 2013.