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Ministry of Works explains long-term solution to damage at Mile 38.5 on George Price highway

Posted: Friday, November 6, 2020. 8:36 pm CST.

By BBN Staff: Persistent rains due to Storm Eta, caused severe flooding in various parts of the country today, resulting in the closure of a 50-foot section of the George Price Highway at Mile 38.5 due to road damage. The area had been closed to the public, requiring emergency repairs due to inclement weather earlier this year. The Ministry of Works (MOW) announced that it has been working on a long-term solution to the problem and shared its progress on the solution.

The MOW had deployed teams to the area to implement a temporary measure filling up the damaged areas so that the section of the road could be reopened to vehicular traffic by noon.

“The long-term option involves installing a triple set of 14 ft x 14 ft x42 ft concrete box culverts complete with head walls and retaining walls having a much enhanced hydraulic capacity than what previously existed at the location,” the MOW said. “The long-term solution will also ease the current dip in the roadway by raising the vertical alignment by 7 feet.”

The Ministry noted that it has completed 17 of 21 culvert units needed at the site, and began the construction of the diversion which is expected to be completed by later this month. The MOW said that it will begin installing the culverts on December 4. The entire project is expected to be completed by January 15, 2021.

 

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