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NWA closes St Thomas bridge for repairs

Published:Tuesday | June 2, 2015 | 10:12 AM

The National Works Agency (NWA) has closed a St Thomas bridge for repairs following protests by residents yesterday.

In a release last evening the NWA said the Shooting River Bridge in the community of Ramble, St Thomas was being closed with immediate effect.

The NWA claims the bridge, which is located along the main road from Llandewey to Windsor Forest. was inspected just over a week ago by a technical team and plans were being made to have remedial work done.

It says some of the wooden planks were to be replaced.

However, the agency says following the protest by residents, it carried out another inspection and discovered that several of the wooden planks had been removed and the structure is now inaccessible to motorists and pedestrians.

Communications and customer services manager at the NWA, Stephen Shaw says a timeline for the repairs cannot be given at this time as it will now cost significantly more than the just under $2 million the agency had previously estimated.

The NWA says as a result of the closure, persons wishing to travel from the direction of Cedar Valley towards Yallahs are being advised to use the Gant Piece parochial road, which leads to Ramble Square and back onto the Llandewey main road.