Public Works Ministry now reviewing Melville Hall Airport road where sea waves are affecting traffic
Public Works Minister, Ian Pinard has revealed that the government is currently reviewing a section of the Marigot to Londonderry road in Melville Hall, with intent to ease the problem for those plying that route.
The sea has been breaching the seawall in the area for quite some time, and the situation has worsened since the passage of Tropical Storm Erika. The situation has gotten so bad that on many occasions bus drivers have refused to use the road to transport school children, saying the area poses a threat to commuters & vehicles.
Pinard says the problem is now being addressed, and plans are in place to construct a drain, to prevent the sea water from reaching the road. “We are now discussing it with contractor, Emile Gaddarkhan et Fils Ltd, a French construction company, in terms of angling the road so that the sea water goes into the drain, and widening the drain so that the water would not stay on the road,” Pinard explained. “When the buses are passing they would not have to drive in a pool of water.”
He added, “We are also looking at the wave breakers and we have an estimate there for over $25-million in terms of wave breakers but since Tropical Storm Erika it has actually worsened,” he noted. “We now have to look at the situation again, review it and access it, and see exactly how we can work with it, so we are now putting that in place so that we can have a design showing how to install the wave breakers.”
Pinnard indicated that $1-million has already been budgeted in the financial year for the area, “so we will be using some of that money in terms of putting some sort of design to actually get that done. “In the interim, we will angle the road and make the drain bigger, so that as soon as the water comes on the road, it will go into the drain,” Pinard said.
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