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Sep 1, 2020

Mile 38 Under Repair Ahead of TS Nana

Roadwords are prioritized at this time. Along the George Price Highway near mile thirty-eight and a half, work is underway, as a team from the Ministry of Works led by Chief Engineer Lennox Bradley is widening access along that portion of the thoroughfare.  Viewers would recall that back on June eighteenth; torrential rains washed away that section of the road, prompting the ministry to put a temporary single-lane access in its place.  With Tropical Storm Nana set to make landfall on Thursday, the ministry has sprung into action to strength the structural integrity of the road.  News Five spoke with Chief Engineer Bradley via phone this evening.


On the Phone: Lennox Bradley, Chief Engineer, Ministry of Works

“If you recall, we had put in a temporary single-lane access at mile thirty-eight due to the two ten-foot diameter pipes that were undermined.  What we are doing now to lend greater assurance to the motoring public is to widen it to a two-lane, especially in view of the tropical disturbance that we anticipate will come our way on Thursday.  We heard that the public had some concerns about the single temporary access as to whether it could withstand a storm.  We at the ministry felt that the weight of the type of material that we used to build the single-lane access was heavy enough to withstand the forces of the water that would come against it, but given that the public has been questioning and expressing some concerns about that, we don’t want to cause any further concern because of the upcoming weather that we expect right now.  So we started to widen it to give that assurance to the public that we won’t have any problems with any evacuation if evacuation is necessary for this tropical disturbance that is coming our way.  We expect it to be completed tonight.  It’s just widening the roadway to a two-lane access.  All we want is that the motorists adhere to the safety precautions that we have out on site until we complete the widening, I think by about around nine o’clock or ten o’clock tonight we’re supposed to complete the widening to a two-lane access.”

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