NWA yet to fix Llandewey bridge
There appears to be no clear time line for the repair of a bridge in Llandewey, St Thomas, which poses grave danger to life and property.
Having abandoned plans to effect temporary repairs to the structure, the National Works Agency (NWA) says it is yet to complete design for a new bridge in the area.
“The agency is no longer going the route of temporary repairs and has since moved to complete designs for the replacement of the existing bridge with a new and improved structure,” Ramona Lawson, acting manager of communications and customer service at the NWA said.
Last month, the NWA said an inspection of the Llandewey Bridge, which links the communities of Llandewey, Ramble and Cedar Valley in St Thomas, found that a section of the concrete deck is defective.
At the time, the NWA said it would temporarily repair the bridge’s damaged deck with a metal deck, noting that the work is being treated as an emergency.
However, despite several vehicles reportedly falling into the gaping hole in the bridge, the NWA has shelved plans to effect temporary repairs. The agency has also failed to create an alternate route for vehicles to use.
Lawson said that the project is being treated as a priority by the NWA even though a design for the new structure is yet to be completed and a contractor identified.
“The NWA remains keen to the need to treat with the Cod Pen Bridge,” Lawson said.
“As such the necessary preliminary works (including finalising a suitable design) are being done, in keeping with project requirement and established processes. As with all our projects the implementation of the works is subject to the availability of funding,” she said.