Grant’s Pen Ford To Be Closed For Three Weeks

The National Works Agency (NWA) on Friday said the section of Grant’s Pen Road between Constant Spring Road and Fagan Avenue will be closed to traffic as of Monday, September 29, for a period of three weeks.

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The closure, the NWA said, is to facilitate repairs to the approach roads to the Grant’s Pen Ford.

According to NWA Manager of Communication and Customer Services Stephen Shaw, the approaches to the ford have, over the past months, deteriorated extensively.

“Huge potholes have developed along the roadway due to the constant breaking down of the asphaltic concrete surface, resulting from water carried on the tyres of motor vehicles that use the ford,” Shaw said in a news release.

“The rehabilitative works will include expansion of the fibre concrete section of the roadway by an additional 80 metres. The scope of the works also include excavation of the rutted sections of the corridor and the construction of expansion joints,” Shaw explained.

He said the use of fibre concrete in repairing the affected section of the corridor should reduce the level of maintenance required for this stretch of road.

“The rehabilitation of the Grant’s Pen Ford, which falls under the agency’s Routine Maintenance Programme through an allocation made by the Road Maintenance Fund, will be executed by Omara Paving and Construction Limited and is expected to be completed by Friday, October 17, 2014, at a cost of $5.4 million,” the NWA said.

As a result, the NWA is advising motorists to use Shortwood Road as an alternative route to the Grant’s Pen Ford during the period of works.

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