JIS News

Motorists travelling through the Bog Walk Gorge in St. Catherine should have a smoother, safer road on which to drive before month end, said Stephen Shaw, Communications and Customer Service Manager at the National Works Agency (NWA).
In an interview with JIS News, Mr. Shaw informed that over the past two months, the NWA has been implementing rehabilitative work on the Flat Bridge, which sustained extensive damage during the last two hurricane seasons.
The project, which was estimated at $16 million, formed part of the Caribbean Development Bank’s (CDB) Flood Damage programme. Project works were implemented in two phases, and involved the de-silting of the Rio Cobre River and repairs to two damaged piers on the Flat Bridge.
“We have completed the work to de-silt sections of the Rio Cobre. In addition to the de-silting work, we did some additional work on the channel. We actually widened a section of the channel that we had seen a tremendous amount of problem with, in former years,” Mr. Shaw revealed.
Continuing, the Communications Manager informed that work to correct the defects to the Flat Bridge piers was still in progress, and, provided the weather remained favourable, the NWA expected that leg of the project to be finished shortly.
“We are now pouring concrete to fill the voids that have been created by the erosion over time and once we have accomplished this task, the next step is to have the scoured sections of the roadway rehabilitated and repaved,” he assured.
Mr. Shaw explained that in the past, whenever the water reached a certain height in the Rio Cobre, it overflowed the river’s channel and flooded the roadway. The work carried out by the NWA sought to address that problem and so the channel was deepened and widened in sections.
Meanwhile, the NWA has commenced rehabilitative work on the Simon Content to Bamboo Road, located off the Sligoville Road in St. Catherine.
According to Mr. Shaw, the $11.4 million contract was awarded to Alcar Construction and Haulage Company Limited and, following a walk-through on the site last week, the letter of commencement was signed with the contractors.
“The work has started to rehabilitate approximately two kilometres of roadway out in Simon Content and the work should be done over the next three months and it includes base work, side drains and surface dressing,” Mr. Shaw told JIS News.