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  • The Transport, Works, and Housing Ministry is currently in the process of identifying nearly $130 million to repair sections of the Wharf Road and Lyssons main road in St. Thomas, which have been significantly damaged by the sea.
  • The damage includes significant erosion and undermining of the roadways’ supporting infrastructure, inclusive of the base foundations and protective seawalls, along the shoreline sections of both corridors.
  • The damaged areas have been cordoned by the National Works Agency (NWA) as warning safeguards for motorists and pedestrians.

The Transport, Works, and Housing Ministry is currently in the process of identifying nearly $130 million to repair sections of the Wharf Road and Lyssons main road in St. Thomas, which have been significantly damaged by the sea.

The damage includes significant erosion and undermining of the roadways’ supporting infrastructure, inclusive of the base foundations and protective seawalls, along the shoreline sections of both corridors.

This has resulted in breakaways of significant sections of the roads’ surfaces, which currently pose a serious danger and risk to pedestrians and motorists traversing both corridors, which are major links between Jamaica’s east coast and the rest of the island.

In the case of the Lyssons main road, motor vehicular movement has been reduced to single lane traffic from either end of the corridor.

The damaged areas have been cordoned by the National Works Agency (NWA) as warning safeguards for motorists and pedestrians.

State Minister for Transport, Works, and Housing, Hon. Richard Azan, along with Health Minister and Member of Parliament for Eastern St. Thomas, where both roads are located, Hon. Dr. Fenton Ferguson and NWA officers, visited the areas on Friday, August 7, to further view the extent of the damage.

The visit formed part of a tour of roadways for which Dr. Ferguson made representation to the Ministry to have repaired

Speaking with journalists afterwards, Mr. Azan advised that NWA technical teams have conducted damage assessments at both locations, and have indicated in their reports that the repairs for Wharf Road will cost over $100 million, while approximately $28 million is needed for the Lyssons Road.

 

He added that that designs for the proposed repairs have also been drafted.

“The thing, now, is to find the funding to be able to (do the repairs); and that…is what we will have to do in the next couple of days…to see how best we can correct those problems out here,” he stated.

Meanwhile, Mr. Azan said the Ministry will also see how best patching and other repairs can be accommodated for a number of the other roads visited on Friday.

Dr. Ferguson advised that other corridors requiring repairs include: the Leith Hall main road which has sustained erosion and the sea is “almost on the same level as the road.”

Additionally, he said the Port Morant to Hector’s River main road requires reconstruction in some sections, and patching in other parts.

In welcoming the visit by Mr. Azan and the NWA representatives,  Dr. Ferguson expressed the hope that repairs for all the roads identified can be accommodated, as best as is possible, “even as we are understanding of the financial constraints of the Ministry and Government, at this time.”