27 Jan 2020
Work is now underway to reinstate the section of the Westend Road in Negril, Westmoreland that was reduced to single lane due to inclement weather associated with the cold front that impacted the island last week. The reinstatement work is being undertaken by the National Works Agency (NWA). Manager, Communication and Customer Services at the NWA, Stephen Shaw says that a work team started the reinstatement work on Saturday. The work involved the use of boulders and river shingle to recreate the embankment that was destroyed. Mr. Shaw says that favourable weather condition in Negril has allowed the team to complete a significant amount of the activities and that it is expected that the road will be reopened to two way traffic by the end of today. The NWA spokeman explains that while it is expected that traffic will be allowed on the recreated embankment, the complete restoration of the road will not be completed until later this week. Motorist should therefore expect to travel on a section of road which is unpaved. In the meantime, Mr. Shaw says that the NWA is looking at carrying out significant sea defence work at the location, as the sea wall was damaged by the strong waves that caused the road embankment to collapse. An estimate of those works is to be done for the necessary funding to be sourced through the Ministry of Finance.