Tuesday 13 November, 2018

$59-m to fix breakaway at Passagefort Drive and Dyke Road in Portmore

Work has started to effect repairs at the Passage Fort Drive/Dyke Road intersection in Portmore, St Catherine.

Work has started to effect repairs at the Passage Fort Drive/Dyke Road intersection in Portmore, St Catherine.

Ten months after damaged culverts caused a section of the roadway to collapse following heavy rains, work has started to effect repairs at the intersection of Passage Fort Drive and the Dyke Road in Portmore, St Catherine.

Manager, Communication and Customer Services at the National Works Agency (NWA), Stephen Shaw told Loop News on Tuesday that the contract for the work was awarded to Dwight Construction at a cost of $59 million. The work is scheduled to be completed within six months.

The roadway, which serves as a filter for traffic going to and from Spanish Town and Portmore, has been closed since last November. The closure has contributed to a buildup of traffic in Portmore during peak hours.

The authorities had used mounds of dirt and other debris to block the roadway, but motorists had for months continued to place themselves at risk by constantly removing the blockage as they insisted on using Passage Fort Drive, despite the compromised nature of the roadway, to access the Dyke Road.

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