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KINGSTON — Work is expected to get underway on the Roache Gully retaining wall in St. Thomas, following the signing of a $23.2 million contract for the project.

Roache Gully is situated on the main road between White Horses and Morant Bay.

The contract was signed by Minister of Transport and Works, Hon. Michael Henry; State Minister in the Ministry, Hon. Othniel Lawrence; Member of Parliament for West St. Thomas, James Robertson; and Director, Rebar Construction Limited, Jermaine Robinson, at  a ceremony, held at the Ministry’s offices in Kingston, on October 4.

Speaking at the signing, Minister Henry said the work is expected to be completed in 12 weeks.

He said the scope of work would include the construction of 1,060 square metres of random rubble wall of approximately 50 metres in length.

“Its construction will add to the width of the roadway in that vicinity (gully) by approximately 1.5 metres,” he said.

The Minister said the project is of critical importance to residents of both communities who benefit directly, and to motorists who use the roadway. He urged the contractors to implement the project within budget and on time.

Mr. Henry said the works to be done are as a result of a breakaway which was caused by Tropical Storm Nicole last year, adding that the work is designed to restore the section of the roadway at that location.

 

By Chris Patterson, JIS Reporter