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Local engineers say North-South highway landslide raises serious questions

Published:Monday | June 6, 2016 | 6:00 PM
The Jamaica Institution of Engineers president says the amount of rain that fell last week was not unusual and doesn't usually cause massive landslides like the one which happened last week on a section of the North-South leg of Highway 2000 between Unity Valley and Treadways in St Catherine last week.

The Jamaica Institution of Engineers (JIE) says last week's landslide on a section of the North-South leg of Highway 2000 has raised serious questions about the stability of the toll road which runs from St Catherine to St Ann.

JIE president Gary Walters says adequate stabilisation work would have prevented the embankment failure which caused the massive landslide on a section of the road between Unity Valley and Treadways in St Catherine last week. 

Walters questions now need to be asked about whether adequate systems are in place to prevent similar events along the roadway.

 

JIE president Gary Walters

Walters says the amount of rain that fell last week was not unusual and doesn't usually cause massive landslides like the one which happened last week 

He notes that there are some sections of the North-South link which have adequate reinforcement.

However, the JIE president notes that this has not been done consistently along the entire roadway.

 

JIE president Gary Walters