Falmouth News is pleased to announce that rehabilitation of the Falmouth Main Road sea wall is scheduled to begin as early as next month (August). The $50.7 million contract was awarded to a local Trelawny company called S & G Road Surfacing Material Limited.
The road has been of much concern to locals, especially motorists and commuters who drive on the Falmouth Main road. It was featured in a previous article on this site, which shows pictures of the badly eroded sea wall and roadway. This has endangered the lives of commuters for years.
In making the announcement, Minister of Information, Sandrea Falconer said the project was necessary to ensure the safety of road users. She went on to say: “Rising sea levels and improvements to Falmouth Cruise Ship Pier, have caused higher wave activity, resulting in breakaways to the sea wall and roadway.”
The government has therefore recognized the impact that the dredging of the harbour has had on the sea wall.
Minister Falconer went on: “Sometimes water gushes onto the roadway and sometimes this impedes the visibility of motorists and endangers them.”
The work is scheduled to be completed in 4 months, which takes us to December, if it begins on time in August as scheduled.
The project is funded jointly by the Tourism Enhancement Fund (TEF) and the Port Authority of Jamaica (PAJ). The Falmouth port brings in lots of revenue for the TEF, and it is good to see it once again, being used too develope the parish infrastructure.
Here is the video from the JIS with he story, which begins at minute 2:32.