Multi-million dollar sea protection work underway along Palisadoes Road

Date Published: 
14 Jun 2007
Palisadoes road work

The National Works Agency's $40 million project to rehabilitate a section of the shoreline along the Palisadoes main road, breached during the passage of Hurricane Ivan in 2004, began on Wednesday, May 30. This is Phase One of the Palisadoes Protection and Rehabilitation Project.

Manager of Communication and Customer Services at the National Works Agency, Stephen Shaw, says the works include the use of boulders to construct a rock revetment. Additionally, the beach and dune along a five kilometer prioritized stretch will be reconstructed. Emphasis will be placed on the critical 1.5 kilometer section, located in the vicinity of the destroyed groyne field.

Mr. Shaw says re-construction of the groyne field will contribute to stabilization of the coastline and should significantly mitigate the effects of a category three hurricane. Material will also be dredged from the sea floor to be used in the re-construction of the dunes.

Phase one of the project is expected to be completed within 45 days.