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Managing Director for the National Road Operating and Constructing Company (NROC), Ivan Anderson, says corrective work on the Portmore leg of Highway 2000 is progressing smoothly.
The US$8 million project, which began in May, involves the removal of a depression which has developed over the past two years near the Port of Kingston. The works are being carried out by French firm, Bouygues, at no cost to the Government and as part of their regular repair and maintenance of the highway.
It is slated to be done in two stages: Stage one is now in progress, with repairs to the section leading to Portmore from Kingston.
“Right now we’re doing the initial relocation of, what we call, the median barriers; the concrete barriers that run along the road to facilitate two lanes in either direction,” Mr. Anderson told JIS News.
He said that once that work is completed, reconstruction of the two lanes will commence, after which the barriers will be shifted over and the same done on the other two lanes.
During this phase, traffic from Kingston will be kept in two lanes on the port side of the carriage way, and traffic from Portmore to Kingston will be diverted from the bayside to two lanes on the port side.
Mr. Anderson explained that stage two involves relocating the barrier and working on half of the road. When that half of the road is completed, the traffic will be diverted to the rebuilt area and work commenced on the other half of the road.
He explained that faults have occurred along this stretch of the highway, as a result of settlement of the roadway, as the whole causeway leg of the highway is built on very soft material washed down by the Rio Cobre River.
“So this material settles over a period of time (and), although the engineer did a lot of work in decelerating the settlement, there is still some settlement occurring,” he said.
To compensate motorists who may experience delays, a user discount scheme has been put in place by the operator, TransJamaica Highway, since May 10, providing a 25 per cent discount to users who travel between 5 a.m. and 7 a.m. and 8:30 a.m. and 9:30 a.m.
“Drivers need to be cautious, we still have a significant amount of traffic moving between Portmore and Kingston and that traffic is going to be moved in four lanes rather than six lanes and, as a consequence, we have had to reduce the speed limits as well,” Mr. Anderson advised.
Work on the Portmore leg of the highway is expected to be completed by December.