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NWA awaiting funds to repair Sir John Golding Road

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NWA awaiting funds to repair Sir John Golding Road

BY RACQUEL PORTER
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porterr@jamaicaobserver.ccom

Friday, February 08, 2019

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COMMUTERS who travel on the Sir John Golding Road in St Andrew will have to exercise more patience while the National Works Agency (NWA) awaits the allocation of $83.9 million to repair the corridor.

In response to the Jamaica Observer query, the NWA said it has identified a contractor who submitted a proposal. However, the name of the contractor was not disclosed.

“Designs had to be done to repair some aspects of the damage and a more comprehensive programme of works put together. Under the current contract, substantial works are planned to properly reinstate the drainage and pavement along the area. This will include the construction of a retaining, improvements to the existing drainage features, ancillary roadworks as well as some amount of river training,” the NWA said.

Last June, motorists and pedestrians complained that the closure of a section of the road, which connects August Town and Papine, is burdensome.

The residents also complained that since the section of the road collapsed, they have been suffering. Some said they have had to go through The University of the West Indies (UWI), Mona campus to access their communities.

“We want the road to go to Papine, the 77 or the 78 buses used to go up there and I use to pay $40 on the bus. Now I have to pay $200 and it take up a lot of your time because you have to go all the way around,” Lurline Wright, a resident, said in an interview last year.

NWA senior communications officer, Ramona Lawson, told the Jamaica Observer in June that the agency was treating the replacement of the concrete pipe culvert and the reinstatement of the road as emergency repairs, following the May 8 failure due to heavy rains.

When contacted in July, she told the Observer that a submission for $60 million in funding was being processed for the road repair.

However, in the response last week, the NWA said a detailed assessment of the damage revealed that more extensive rehabilitation works were in fact required.

“More specifically the scope of works involves the demolition of existing concrete structures, collapsed gabions and a random rubble retaining wall as well as the removal of the collapsed HDPE (plastic) culvert. The compromised culvert will be replaced by a higher-capacity, fire-resistant 18-metre long 900mm diameter concrete culvert. The existing drainage facilities will be improved with the construction of a 40-metre French drain, as well as the installation of a manhole to integrate the drainage system in the area,” the NWA explained.

In addition, the NWA said “sidewalks and 20 metres of guard rails will also be installed to improve pedestrian access for the institutions located along the roadway. The river training works will include the fabrication and placement of gabion baskets to protect the embankment where the drain’s outfall is located”.

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