Pictured Above: A collapsed house at Mandingo Road, Princes Town. (Credit: Michelle Benjamin). See more photos here.
In a Media Release on Thursday (18th March 2021), the Ministry of Works and Transport (MOWT) said it is aware of, and notes with great concern, the severe landslip activity at Mandingo Road in Princes Town.
According to the Ministry, “Subsequent to the closure of the Mandingo Road 1.60 Km mark on 29th December 2020, the Highways Division of the Ministry of Works and Transport has been undertaking the necessary technical investigations to determine a permanent solution to stabilise the failed slope and to reconstruct the roadway.”
The Ministry noted that the recent, unseasonably heavy rainfall over the past few days has exacerbated the erosion, which has resulted in further loss of the embankment and collapse of the roadway. In light of this rapid advancement of erosion, the Ministry said it is exploring interim slope stabilisation measures to reduce further deterioration of the slope until the permanent works are designed and tendered.
In the interest of the safety of motorists, the public is reminded of the alternative access route available via Realize Branch Road and Sahadath Road.
Prior to this response from the Ministry, Member of Parliament for Moruga/Tableland, Michelle Benjamin, issued an extensive Press Release on Wednesday (17th March 2021) about the grave situation at Mandingo Road and called upon the Ministry for assistance (see below).
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