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Seven months after rock face wall collapse, repair work still pending

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Repair work has yet to begin on a rock face which collapsed more than six months ago, causing a lane to be closed to traffic on a busy commuter route.

Temporary traffic lights have been in place on a section of Palmetto Road and Marsh Folly Road since March, causing slower journeys in and out of Hamilton for east end commuters.

But Government admitted yesterday that a plan to fix the problem was only now being finalised. A spokesman said: “Works & Engineering engineers are finalising a design for the road repairs and hope to work with the property owners to begin repairs in the near future.”

The rock face collapsed at a private Perimeter Lane property and the Ministry of Public Works previously said it was up to the owners to build a proper retaining wall.

Constituency MP Michael Weeks said that wasn't good enough, since so many people used the route into town and the traffic could have contributed to the cliff's demise. He urged Government not to linger but to fix the rock face quickly for the sake of road users.

Meanwhile, Angle Street in Hamilton could remain closed until the end of the year, as repairs to a collapsed roadside wall are scheduled to begin on Monday.

Corporation of Hamilton secretary Edward Benevides said the contract for the job had been signed with DeRosa Construction.

The wall, which borders Dellwood Middle School, collapsed in April and the adjoining section of Angle Street has been closed off since.

Its replacement was designed by architects Woodbourne Associates, who will also manage the construction. Costs for the job will be divided between the City of Hamilton and Government.

Repairs still pending: A section of Palmetto Road and Marsh Folly Road, near the entrance of St Monica's Road, is still restricted to single-lane traffic after a wall collapsed into the yard of a Perimeter lane residence in March.
Repairs still pending: There have been traffic restrictions since the rock face wall collapsed in March.

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Published October 10, 2013 at 9:00 am (Updated October 10, 2013 at 1:32 am)

Seven months after rock face wall collapse, repair work still pending

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