JIS News

Bouygues Travaux Publics Jamaica Limited, builders of roads under the Highway 2000 Project, has been invited to assess another alternative route to the Bog Walk Gorgein St. Catherine, and to make its findings available to the Government for consideration.
The route is the Crescent Road. Currently, there are two alternative routes, the ‘Barry’ and Sligoville Roads.
“Another alternative is being looked at. We’ve asked Bouygues to look at the Crescent Road, which will be a third. Each of these alternatives has to relate to the large trucks, which weren’t meant to be on these roads, but exist on these roads, so therefore we have to look at the alternatives,” he told JIS News, on September 6, following a tour of the Bog Walk Gorge, which was damaged by Tropical Storm Gustav.
For many years, millions of dollars have been spent to effect repairs to the Bog Walk Gorge, following water damage caused by heavy rainfall and the river overflowing its bank.
The roadway is a key link between the Corporate Area and the North Coast, which is a destination for many tourists. It was severely damaged by Tropical Storm Gustav which lashed the island recently.
Recognising that the National Works Agency (NWA), is stretched thin in carrying out several emergency works to clear numerous landslides and road closures across the island, following the passage of Tropical Storm Gustav, Bouygues has offered to rehabilitate the Bog Walk Gorge at no cost to the Government.
It is expected that the work will be completed in about four weeks.