The landslip on Southern Main Road, Cedros, now undergoing emergency repairs. (Image courtesy Councillor Shankar Teelucksingh)
SASCHA WILSON

A Ministry of Works and Transport crew currently is trying to repair a landslide along the Southern Main Road in Cedros, which is causing a backup of traffic.

Councillor for Cedros, Shankar Teelucksingh, told Guardian Media the the landslip was reported to the Ministry four years ago, but it was not repaired and had widened overnight.

“The landslide at 92 km got worse overnight, causing a back-up of traffic with heavy equipment unable to cross. Ministry of Works Maintenance crew is on-site, presently trying to make some arrangement to allow traffic to continue,” Teelucksingh said.

According to the local government councillor, four years ago they had asked the ministry to repair that section of the roadway.

“Now, emergency works contingency plan is finally being put in place to repair the roadway so that heavy traffic will be able to flow.  At present, the Ministry of Works’ engineer is on the way together with other officials from the ministry.”

Heavy duty trucks and large vehicles were forced to turn around because of the landslip on Southern Main Road, Cedros, currently undergoing emergency repairs. (Image courtesy Councillor Shankar Teelucksingh)

Guardian Media understands that many trucks were unable to pass the area today.  They reportedly were forced to turn around and seek alternative routes through Soomai Trace and North Trace. While smaller vehicles were still able to pass, drivers were advised to proceed with caution.

Councillor Teelucksingh says he is hopeful that the emergency repairs will be completed at the end of the day

“Again, I am calling on the Minister of Works and Transport to allocate funds for the St Patrick County, Cedros district, so that we could have the roadway passable, and children will be able to go and write their exams, he said.  “Other goods and services will be regularised in the district, and the motoring public will have a safe passage to and from the district of Cedros.”

Councillor Teelucksingh said there are eight landslips along the Southern Main Road stretch leading to Cedros.