Burnt-out culverts costing NWA millions

Latest News

Burnt-out culverts costing NWA millions

Monday, February 17, 2020

Print this page Email A Friend!

KINGSTON, Jamaica— The National Works Agency (NWA) says the practice of incinerating garbage in roadside drainage features such as catch basins, is costing the agency millions of dollars in repairs annually as well as delaying the completion of some major projects.

Communication and customer services manager Stephen Shaw said that compromised or missing culverts pose great risks to motorists as the affected roadway is, in effect, floating due to the absence of the requisite support material beneath it.

He explained that when culverts go missing beneath roadways fill material such as crushed stone and gravel become saturated over time, eventually causing the roadway to fall or cave in.

According to the agency, it is currently dealing with two such cases in Dover district along a section of the North Coast Highway and Georgia, along the Junction Road in St Mary.

In both instances the NWA said there is evidence to suggest that the existing plastic culverts were either deliberately or inadvertently burnt out as a result of fires.

And along the Junction Road, over 110 meters of newly-laid five-foot high density polyethylene pipes were damaged by a blaze, near Georgia.

The NWA said it is seeking to replace some 16 metres of storm water culvert in Dover. The pipes are critical components of the drainage systems in these areas.

“Culverts fabricated from any type of plastic material will burn slowly without any indication and is usually only discovered when the road shows signs of failure. Out of great concern for public safety, the NWA is asking persons to desist from disposing and burning garbage in open drains,” Shaw said.

According to the NWA, the culvert replacement works at both Georgia and Dover in St Mary is estimated to cost close to $54 million.

The work at Dover is expected to commence in a week and will require traffic restrictions or road closures.

Now you can read the Jamaica Observer ePaper anytime, anywhere. The Jamaica Observer ePaper is available to you at home or at work, and is the same edition as the printed copy available at http://bit.ly/epaper-login




1. We welcome reader comments on the top stories of the day. Some comments may be republished on the website or in the newspaper � email addresses will not be published.

2. Please understand that comments are moderated and it is not always possible to publish all that have been submitted. We will, however, try to publish comments that are representative of all received.

3. We ask that comments are civil and free of libellous or hateful material. Also please stick to the topic under discussion.

4. Please do not write in block capitals since this makes your comment hard to read.

5. Please don't use the comments to advertise. However, our advertising department can be more than accommodating if emailed: advertising@jamaicaobserver.com.

6. If readers wish to report offensive comments, suggest a correction or share a story then please email: community@jamaicaobserver.com.

7. Lastly, read our Terms and Conditions and Privacy Policy

comments powered by Disqus



Today's Cartoon

Click image to view full size editorial cartoon