Week­end dead­line for road re­pair af­ter sewer fix

Jamaica Gleaner - - SOCIAL -

THE COL­LAPSED sec­tion of Con­stant Spring Road that has trig­gered traf­fic grid­locks all over Kingston is pro­jected to be fully re­paired by week­end.

This was con­firmed by Stephen Shaw, com­mu­ni­ca­tion man­ager of the Na­tional Works Agency., in an in­ter­view aired on Tele­vi­sion Ja­maica last night.

But the emer­gency re­pairs have been ham­pered by ac­tive sew­ers and other un­der­ground in­fra­struc­ture, in­clud­ing wa­ter mains ca­bles, in the vicin­ity of Mar­ket Place and the de­funct Globe Fine Fur­ni­ture Com­pany in St An­drew.

The Na­tional Wa­ter Com­mis­sion (NWC) said yes­ter­day that it had been work­ing with other stake­hold­ers to com­plete the sewer re­pairs by to­mor­row.

“The NWC craves the con­tin­ued un­der­stand­ing and pa­tience of the pub­lic as ev­ery ef­fort is made to have the work com­pleted by Wed­nes­day (Oc­to­ber 12) or at the ear­li­est pos­si­ble time,” the wa­ter com­pany said in a re­lease.

Since last Thurs­day, when the road was closed, it has been a peak-hour night­mare for mo­torists trav­el­ling in the Cor­po­rate Area.

Mo­torists have re­ported de­lays of up to two-and-a-half hours as they made their way via crowded al­ter­na­tive routes to get to their des­ti­na­tions.


But the NWC said, “[There is] a much wider area of dam­age than was ini­tially vis­i­ble from the sur­face; the sew­ers be­ing buried more than 20 feet be­low the sur­face re­quir­ing the use of shoring and pil­ing to se­cure sec­tions of the trench-line, as well as elec­tric­ity and tele­phone poles and wires above ground, criss-cross­ing the work area.”

The NWC noted that there had been col­lab­o­ra­tion with NWA and the po­lice, and that NWC and its con­trac­tor had been work­ing non-stop to ex­ca­vate and ex­plore the col­lapsed ar­eas.

“We have been work­ing to iden­tify the un­der­ground is­sues; ar­range for the sourc­ing and de­liv­ery to the site of all the re­quired ma­te­rial, equip­ment and ex­per­tise re­quired to ef­fec­tively re­spond to the emer­gency; re­move and re­place the dam­aged sec­tion of sew­ers; and re­in­state the area to al­low for nor­mal traf­fic flows.”


Work­men on the north­bound sec­tion of Con­stant Spring Road, St An­drew, yes­ter­day. It col­lapsed last week.

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