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Falmouth Bypass reopens

Friday, December 15, 2017

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TRELAWNY, Jamaica — The section of the Falmouth Bypass along the Northern Coastal Highway in Trelawny that collapsed on Wednesday, resulting in the closure of the usually busy thoroughfare, reopened to single lane traffic on Thursday night.

Throughout the day, a crew from the National Works Agency (NWA) worked feverishly at the location, excavating the affected area and installing new pipe culverts.

Minister of Economic Growth and Job Creation Dr Horace Chang, who visited the site while the work was in progress, commended the crew for getting the roadway reopened.

“My visit there was to get a first-hand view of the damage and to see that the work was being done in a timely manner. And I must commend the NWA for getting the road to be reopened.

They did a splendid job,” Dr Chang told OBSERVER ONLINE on Thursday night.

According to Dr Chang, the failure of the roadway resulted from the destruction by fire of the plastic culverts that formed part of the drainage system along the road. He said the heavy rains that have been impacting Trelawny since the start of the week, exacerbated the matter.

The closure of the roadway caused a massive traffic jam in Falmouth late Wednesday evening, as traffic travelling in the direction of Ocho Rios and Montego Bay, was diverted through the usually congested town.

Mark Cummings




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