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CHEC engineers in Jamaica to work on North-South Highway retaining wall

Published:Tuesday | June 14, 2016 | 6:27 AM
In this file photo dirt from the hillside surrounding the north-south leg of Highway 2000 can be seen on a section of the road.

Overseas Engineers from China Harbour Engineering Company Limited (CHEC) are currently in Jamaica to lead the replacement of a retaining wall along the North-South Highway which collapsed due to a landslide two weeks ago.

The landslide occurred in the section of highway between Unity Valley and Treadways in St Catherine as a result of saturated soil from recent heavy rains.

The landslide is yet to be cleared. 

Head of Communications in the Transport Ministry Vando Palmer says the engineers are designing a new retaining wall for the area where the landslide occurred.

However, Palmer says no construction will be done during this month.

 

Head of Communication in transport Ministry, Vando Palmer

The landslide has forced the closure of one of the two south bound lanes leading to Kingston.

However, the operators have opened a third lane on the north-bound side to accommodate traffic heading towards the island's capital.