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Bailey Bride may be used along North Coast Road

Wednesday, September 19, 2018
Workmen from the Ministry of Works lay out a water diversion at the slippage on the 11km mark of the North Coast Road. Photo by:MINISTRY OF WORKS

It's not the usual landslip.

That's Minister of Works and Transport Rohan Sinanan's description of the landslide along North Coast Road, which has forced the closure of one lane of the roadway.

The road collapsed on yesterday afternoon after rain eroded the soil under asphalt.

"That slippage on the North Coast Road is not what we normally would have. Normally what you have the mountains coming down in certain areas. This was a slippage of the roadway, which is not what would happen on that side," Sinanan told the T&T Guardian.

The ministry team returned to the site, which is close to Maracas Bay, earlier today to make further assessments. The earth was still seen shifting and vehicular traffic remained reduced to one lane.

Sinanan admitted the one-lane situation was not ideal.

"Obviously there will be some inconvenience and this why we are looking at the option of a two-lane bailey bridge. So we expect that hopefully, that will be up by weekend and traffic will return to normalcy."

He said the ministry's team would continue to work underneath the bridge after its installation.

There were several other landslides along the North Coast Road over the weekend due to heavy rainfall. However, Sinanan confirmed the debris brought down by these incidents have since been cleared.

Sinanan said the North Coast Road and other hillside roads, like the Lady Young Road, continue to be monitored by engineers during the course of the rainy season

"We have been monitoring the Lady Young. That's an ongoing maintenance programme, monitoring the Lady Young, removing trees. And we're looking at the areas that might be threatened," he said.

"We're working with the ministry's engineer along with some engineers from the University of the West Indies to ensure that we at least look at the vulnerable areas and put in some regular maintenance on them."

According to residents, signs of the roadway's decay began on Sunday. The severe rain from the recent adverse weather pattern only made it worse, causing further slippages and its partial closure.

Sinanan said such roadways would continue to be a challenge due to the age of the roadways and the terrain surrounding them.


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