Ward River Bridge to be demolished

November 21, 2016
Stephen Shaw

The Ward River Bridge, which is located along the main road between Morant Bay and Port Morant in St. Thomas is to be demolished.

The structure was rendered unsafe by the National Works Agency (NWA) and is being replaced under the multi-billion dollar, Major Infrastructure Development Programme (MIDP).

Manager, Communication and Customer Services at the NWA, Stephen Shaw says that come Wednesday, November 23, traffic will be re-routed onto a temporary Bailey Bridge, constructed to facilitate the demolition.

Shaw says that the new bridge, which will sit on a pile foundation, is expected to be completed within six months at a cost of just over $57 million. The structure will be equipped with pedestrian facilities and will accommodate two lanes of traffic.

Victor Hutchinson, councillor for the Port Morant division said the construction of the bridge has been long in coming.

"My surprise is that it has taken so long for them to implement it," he told THE STAR ONLINE.

"I think they have delayed it because of the present election," he added.