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Photo Focus: DPW Makes Progress on Bridge Project

East Airport Bridge (Photo courtesy DPW)

The Public Works Department continues to move forward, making more progress on the St. Croix bridge projects, the department announced Thursday.

The project includes five sites: East Airport Road, Altona Lagoon, Queen Mary Highway, Midland Road, and Agriculture Road. Pile installation for the foundation of the East Airport Bridge is complete. Construction of the abutments for the support of the bridge superstructure is ongoing. Meanwhile, at the Altona Lagoon, the precast beams are on-island and will be transported to the site to begin placing them on the abutments. This will begin in the coming weeks. Both bridges are being constructed by Virgin Islands Paving Inc., according to the press release.

Queen Mary Bridge (Photo courtesy DPW)

Custom Builders is constructing the bridges on Queen Mary Highway and Midland Road. Currently, the contractor is completing the bridge approaches on Queen Mary Highway. This is expected to be completed in the next three weeks, and paving will follow, the press release stated.

Construction at the Midland Bridge and Agriculture Bridge will begin once the Queen Mary Highway and East Airport bridges are completed, the release stated.

The scope for the permanent bridge projects includes demolition and the construction of bridge approaches, spans, decks, rails, and new roadways. The ongoing repairs are necessary due to the extremely poor condition of all five bridges. Motorists are asked to utilize alternate routes when possible and proceed with caution while traversing the areas, it said.

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