Stretch of aging Causeway limited to one-lane traffic
A stretch of the Causeway has been limited to one-lane traffic for the rest of the week as repair work continues.
Traffic lights control movement along a 50-foot segment of the vulnerable roadway, badly mangled three years ago by the Category 3 Hurricane Fabian that swept four people to their deaths not far from where the new lights are in place.
The shutdown of the one lane is because of "a small area of erosion" that Hurricane Florence caused on Monday, a statement from the Ministry of Works and Engineering said yesterday.
The ministry "is seeking to have the Causeway reopened to two-lane traffic by week's end," the statement continued.
"The Longbird Bridge received salt water damage to its electrical panels and, as such, the bridge will remain closed to marine traffic until further notice," it added.
Swing Bridge open again
The good news for mariners is that the Swing Bridge went back into service for marine traffic yesterday morning. ?
Elsewhere, public works road crews continue to work to clear away debris from Island's roadways.
There was a decision in Fabian's wake in 2003 to replace the aging Causeway with a more secure route.
However, the government decided to terminate its contract with Canadian company Associated Engineering for the design of a new causeway.
Instead, work is set to begin this month on drilling in the Grotto Bay area to determine the strength of the rock that will form the new road's foundation.
That's part of a feasibility study being conducted prior to the full project.