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Ready for use: Repairs to St John’s Road in Pembroke have been completed after nine months. On August 9, 2023, a large construction crane tumbled off the southern side of the road, onto an embankment, rendering the road unusable until major roadworks were completed (Photograph supplied)

Construction on a sidewalk that collapsed last August after a crane tumbled into the embankment below has been completed, the Ministry of Public Works announced yesterday.

St John’s Road near the junction of Cedar Avenue in Pembroke had been closed for nine months, cutting off a major section of road for a nearby neighbourhood and school.

However Lieutenant-Colonel David Burch, the minister of public works, said that despite several delays, repairs were finally finished.

He said: “This accomplishment demonstrates our commitment to maintaining Bermuda's infrastructure to the highest standards while ensuring the safety and convenience of all road users."

Major roadworks: repairs to St John’s Road in Pembroke have been completed after nine months. In August, a large construction crane tumbled into the embankment below, rendering the entrance to the major thoroughfare unusable (Photograph supplied)

The road was cut off from public use on August 9 after an Island Construction crane tumbled into the embankment below.

The public works ministry completed design plans and received bids to take on the job within the same month.

However progress was stalled after the government hack in September and bad weather over subsequent weeks brought the transport of goods to a standstill.

Road excavation began at the start of the year, with reinforcements for footing placed throughout January.

Concrete was then poured throughout February and March as reinforcements for the wall were placed.

Reinforcement complete: repairs to the southern embankment to the easternmost section of St John’s Road, Pembroke, have been completed after nine months (Photograph supplied)

Construction added new traffic loops to the area and reinstalled up-to-date traffic lights at the road’s junction with Cedar Avenue.

The team also restriped pavement arrows and stop bars to better manage the flow of traffic and did minor kerb and sidewalk repairs.

Colonel Burch thanked Sunrise Construction for their work on the road and the public for their continued patience.

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Published May 11, 2024 at 3:39 pm (Updated May 13, 2024 at 11:25 pm)

Damaged sidewalk and wall fixed after nine months

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