The National Infrastructure Development Company has engaged the expertise of local Geotechnical Engineer, Dr. Derek Gay, together with AECOM’s team of technical experts to investigate the road failure along the Mosquito Creek.
On January 22nd this year, the NIDCO confirmed a slope instability along the northern carriageway of the Mosquito Creek.
In an effort to minimize propagation of the failure, the cracks were initially covered to prevent ingress of surface runoff and the earth-fill and pavement loads on the embankment were immediately reduced.
The area is presently being monitored on a daily basis by the Project Managers and the FIDIC Engineer.
In a media release Tuesday afternoon, the Ministry said specialist equipment was required which has recently arrived in the country.
It said investigations are continuing after which a report will be submitted to the Ministry for review.
To review the final reports submitted by NIDCO, the Ministry said it has appointed a committee comprising of senior engineers chaired by the Ministry’s Chief Technical Officer.
Additionally, the Ministry of Works and Transport has sorted the assistance of the CAF Development Bank of Latin America to conduct an independent geotechnical assessment of the affected area through its technical assistance programme.
This independent specialist will also assist the Ministry with the review of the report provided by NIDCO.
It said the completion of these investigations is critical given the prevailing geotechnical conditions of the soil type on the project site.