Repairs on sinkhole to begin Saturday – chief engineer

Repairs on sinkhole to begin Saturday – chief engineer

sinkholeMotorists are urged to be vigilant when traversing the Castries-Gros Islet Highway, in Rodney Bay, following the formation of a sinkhole in the area.

The sinkhole, located at the bus stop across from the Rodney Bay Mall, is said to be widening, but engineers from the Ministry of Infrastructure Port Services and Transport have already responded.

Chief Engineer Albert Jn Baptiste said the sinkhole appeared on Thursday, but noted that there were structural issues with the culvert before.

Jn Baptiste said construction is due to commence on Saturday evening. He said the team will be working throughout the weekend and into next week, to minimise inconveniences to the travelling public.

“The sinkhole is basically all the way to the invert of the culvert, so the culvert as it stands is about 2.6 x 2.1 x 2.2 meters, that is from the invert to the top of the road. So the depth is about two meters,” Jn Baptiste explained.

The chief engineer said vibration could cause the sinkhole to expand and that is why the ministry has moved to cordon off the area to minimize this from happening.

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  1. This has nothing to do with climate change. The culvert was corroded and has been for over 5 years now. SMH. It amazes how ignorant we are. Even the Infrastructure minister mentioned the word 'sink hole'. The culvert under the road collapsed and so did the fill material under. A sink hole is when bedrock has been eroded, There was no bedrock there but granular material. Even the chief engineer. SMFH.


  2. This just shows the level of quality that goes into developing these roads, less money goes into the structure and more into their pockets.


  3. We copying everything from overseas. Was only a matter of time before we started getting those. I hope they provide some measure of security on those back roads as they are a bit isolated.


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