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No end in sight to road closure

Hurricane-lashed Dutton Avenue in Pembroke is to remain closed until extensive repairs have been carried out.

The road was closed after flooding during Hurricane Fay, which hit the Island on October 12 and caused substantial damage to the surface of the street.

The Ministry of Public Works said the road required considerable restoration before it could be reopened.

This will ensure it does not deteriorate further and reduce the potential for accidents.

A Ministry spokeswoman said they planned to put a substantial asphalt overlay on the road, which would make it less liable to flooding. It will also strengthen the road structure and dissipate traffic pressures on the underlying soft material of the Pembroke Marsh beneath the road.

Concrete wall edging will also be built in some areas.

“Unfortunately, the Public Works resources have been stretched by the response to damage caused by the October storms and before work can begin they must carry out a design and tendering process,” the spokeswoman said.

Dutton Avenue is prone to flooding during bouts of bad weather and was also closed in February after a heavy downpour.

Prone to flooding: Dutton Avenue was closed in February after heavy rains meant it overflowed (File photo by Akil Simmons)

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Published December 17, 2014 at 8:00 am (Updated December 17, 2014 at 12:33 am)

No end in sight to road closure

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