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Strong waves affecting Portland road

Published:Monday | March 6, 2017 | 7:02 PM
The NWA says work is now underway to prevent further collapse of sea wall in Buff Bay, Portland - NWA photo via Twitter @ @NWA_Ja

The National Works Agency (NWA) says it has started work to prevent further erosion of the main road between Orange Bay and Windsor Castle in Portland.

The NWA says the road, which is part of the North-Coast Highway, was today closed in the vicinity of the tax office in Buff Bay due to significant erosion caused by the inclement weather.   

The agency’s communication manager, Stephen Shaw, says the works agency this afternoon started the process to protect the sea wall in order to prevent a complete collapse of the retaining structure.

Shaw says boulders are now being used to assist in reducing the impact of the wave action on the retaining wall.


NWA Communication Manager Stephen Shaw

Shaw says strong wave action left the affected section of the roadway with a huge cavity that impacted half of the section of the roadway.

Meanwhile, he says as a result of the road closure motorists travelling from the direction of Buff Bay Square to Port Antonio are being re-routed along East Norman Lane, then onto Lynch Park Road, exiting beside the Sports Complex.

The reverse obtains for persons travelling from Port Antonio.

Motorists are being advised to obey the instructions of the flag persons and posted warning signs.