Tharp Street (looking south).

The J$107-million Tharpe Street streetscape and drain cleaning project is set to begin on Monday, February 5, 2018.

The project follows on the heel of the J$73 million on Market Street streetscape.

This is another phase of the $2 billion upgrade to Falmouth.

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File photo: Tharp Street looking in the northerly direction of the Falmouth Port.

Tharpe Street is now the second most travelled street in Falmouth, after Market Street. It runs from North to South on the eastern end of the town.

The Falmouth Fire Station is located on Tharpe Street. The street named after slavery era land baron, John Tharp, also borders the current Falmouth Market.

The Tharpe Street streetscape and drainage are particularly important as the street is a common source of flooding for the community.

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Flooding on Upper Parade Street at the intersection of Tharp Street. The drainage work should alleviate this problem.

In periods of high rainfall, the culverts and gutters are often flooded for days. This leaves murky, polluted water hanging around.

Flooding after rains on Upper Parade Street at the intersection of Tharp Street.

The big problem with the construction on Tharpe Street will be its effects on the Falmouth Fire Station fire and paramedic emergency services.

“If there is a fire anywhere in the town, we will have to use the wetlands south of the pier to access Market Street and Water Square,” said Superintendent Roland Walters, who heads the fire department. “The impending closure and roadwork is going to affect the response time negatively in case there is a fire.”

“It will cause a disruption, but the work is necessary. I have seen vehicles and pedestrians falling into open drains from time to time,” noted Walters.

 

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Market Street streetscape. The intersection of Market and Duke Streets.

Speaking to the Western Star, Colin Gager, the Mayor of Falmouth said that the work will be done in phases so as to minimise inconvenience.

The Tharpe Street work is expected to last for 6 weeks.

 

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