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Minister of Transport and Works, Michael Henry, has said that US$10.8 million has been procured to protect the Palisadoes peninsula, in light of the impending hurricane season, which begins June 1.
The Minister, who was making his presentation in the 2008/09 Sectoral Debate in the House of Representatives on May 29, said that the sum is part of the US$20 million for Hurricane Dean rehabilitation work, which is being provided by the Caribbean Development Bank.
“We have been charting a proactive and innovative way forward. This includes responding to critical immediate needs like safeguarding the Palisadoes peninsula, which has come in for some steady attention since late last year, and is scheduled to be significantly intensified heading into the hurricane season ahead,” he stated.
The Palisadoes peninsula is the strip of road that leads to the Norman Manley International Airport in Kingston. The scope of work will involve the reclaiming of lost land and the replanting of protective vegetation along the harbour side of the strip, as well as the establishment of a jogging trail.
The Minister noted however that the present work at Palisadoes will only allow protection for up to a Category Two hurricane.
“Further, long-term protection will come with the full application of the Cuban-styled rock revetment protective system which, though currently being reviewed, has proven to be the most effective measure that has been applied to the Palisadoes strip, and has never been breached in the section of the near 12-kilometre-long peninsula, where it has so far been established,” Mr. Henry told the House.