New bridge to ease Barbican traffic
A $12-million contract has been signed for the construction of a major bridge on Barbican Way in St. Andrew, which links most of the communities in Barbican.
The contract was signed yesterday by the State Minister in the Ministry of Transport and Works, Richard Azan; Permanent Secretary in the Ministry, Audrey Sewell; and Member of Parliament for North East St Andrew, Delroy Chuck.
The old structure, built several years ago, has become inadequate for traffic, and has been deemed by the National Works Agency as unsafe for pedestrians.
The existing bridge will be demolished, and a new reinforced concrete box culvert constructed within the same alignment of the existing bridge structure.
The works are expected to be carried out over four months.
The new structure is designed with sidewalks, and will be able to accommodate two lanes of traffic, and to effectively channel the flow of storm water.
Speaking at the signing ceremony Azan said during the construction phase motorists will encounter some delays on the roadway.
He urged personnel from the firm that will be doing the work, Alcar Construction and Haulage Company, to complete the bridge as early as possible.
The State Minister said the Barbican Bridge is just one of several for which the Government has set aside funds to rehabilitate or build, during the current financial year.