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Collapsed roadway in Fruitful Vale to be restored

Published:Wednesday | December 24, 2014 | 12:00 AM

Gareth Davis, Gleaner Writer

FRUITFUL VALE, Portland:

A COLLAPSED roadway at Fruitful Vale in West Portland could be restored in short order following a visit by State Minister for Transport and Works Richard Azan, Member of Parliament Daryl Vaz, along with a technical team.

The parties visited the collapsed site late on Saturday afternoon to have a first-hand look at the roadway, which was severely damaged after four days of torrential rainfall, which also damaged a large portion of the parish's already fragile basic infrastructure.

"This will have to be treated as an emergency," said Azan. "We have not yet identified the source of the funding. However, based on what I am seeing here today, this has to be addressed with urgency. I also understand that there was a similar collapse to this section of the roadway some 12 years ago, and based on what residents are saying, we might have to do some under-the-surface work. I am accompanied by a technical team, who are actually doing an assessment, and they will determine the scope of work and type of material needed. While it might not be a full restoration, it will be driveable and accommodating to vehicular traffic," said Azan.

The roadway, which collapsed on December 13, can only accommodate small cars. A crisis is now brewing at the nearby Fruitful Vale All-Age School, where uncollected garbage is now piling up.

Vaz said he will be sending a truck to the area, near the collapsed site, to collect the garbage.

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