KINGSTON — A technical team has been established to ascertain the cost of repair to be undertaken along the Mount Prospect to Brandon Hill main road in West Rural St. Andrew.
On Sunday August 21, heavy rains washed away a section of the roadway, restricting vehicular access.
Minister of State in the Ministry of Transport and Works, Hon. Othneil Lawrence, who visited the area to get a firsthand view of the damage on August 22, said that within a week, an assessment should be in to determine the cost of repair.
“As soon as the assessment comes, we will definitely be trying to see what we can do to deal with it,” he said.
Mr. Lawrence said that work will be done on an alternative route to ensure that residents of the communities have access.
“I can assure you that we will be working assiduously on the alternative route to ensure that the people do have access from the different districts,” he said.
He informed that repair work on the alternative route should commence “within a matter of days."
Meanwhile, Minister of State in the Ministry of Labour and Social Security, and Member of Parliament for the area, Hon. Andrew Gallimore said it is proposed that the parochial road that runs through Mount Horeb will be opened to allow vehicular traffic.
Mr. Gallimore explained that many persons have been affected by the break-away, as it is the main arterial road for the area.
“In this area, coming from Golden Spring into Brandon Hill, I would imagine at least 6,000 to 7,000 persons (will be affected),” he added.
In the meantime, he said engineers from the National Works Agency (NWA) “will be looking at what can be done to perhaps do an indentation to keep the road along its regular track, but it’s going to take some time”.
The Ministers of State were accompanied by a technical team from the NWA.
By CHRIS PATTERSON, JIS Reporter