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Temporary fix for broken highway culvert

Published: 
Saturday, August 11, 2018

Temporary repairs have been completed on a broken culvert which caused part of the Solomon Hochoy Highway in Freeport to sink on Thursday, triggering a massive traffic jam.

In an interview yesterday, Works Minister Rohan Sinanan said it is not the first time that underground infrastructure collapsed. Saying it was not a sink-hole, as reported, Sinanan said the underground infrastructure was old and it was not uncommon for this to occur.

“It is simply a failed culvert which we fixed. They have done some remedial work following which we will issue a tender for permanent repairs to be done.

This will be done within the next week or two and the permanent repairs will be done within a weekend,” Sinanan said.

He could not give a cost of the project but said the cylinders under the highway have been there for some time and needed changing.

On Thursday, some motorists went into a panic when a hole appeared on the highway near the Unicomer factory warehouse in Freeport.

There were no accidents as Ministry of Works personnel quickly cordoned off the area and began fixing it within hours.

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