Rain, traffic cause manhole collapse

Work on Godfrey Nixon Way hit a new setback Wednesday night when a manhole collapsed.  

A National Roads Authority engineer said the heavy rains Wednesday and traffic on the road led to the collapse and the closing of the lane leading from the Butterfield roundabout Thursday.  

The NRA said both lanes would be closed for repairs after rush hour Thursday night until about 10 p.m.  

This week’s rain had already delayed work on the busy George Town road by at least two weeks. The manhole collapse, in the middle of one lane, will cause further delays and traffic headaches.  

Edison Jackson, a senior engineer with the National Roads Authority, said the traffic and rains “absolutely destroyed” the unfinished part of the road, which was already dotted with muddy potholes.  

Earlier this week, the roads authority decided to close one lane on the road overnight, detouring cars from Eastern Avenue, to catch up on the work. Speaking Thursday morning, Mr. Jackson said, “When we get a break in the weather, we get as much work done as we can.” 

Wednesday night, Mr. Jackson said, “We got quite a few calls from 911” concerning the general state of the road. The rain and constant flow of cars has caused more holes in the dirt-surfaced road and led to the manhole collapse. 

During a dry period Thursday morning, Mr. Jackson said crews were able to pour concrete for new gutters. 

A representative from Logic confirmed that it was its company’s manhole that collapsed. 


National Roads Authority workers repair the damage done to Godfrey Nixon Way by a manhole collapse. – PHOTO: TANEOS RAMSAY

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  1. This time of year the NRA will be doing a lot of patchwork on the roads because of the summer heat softening up the asphalt roads and then the constant rains causing potholes.
    I am wondering if it would prove feasible in the very near future for NRA to get a crushing machine and crush up all the beer and wine bottles and mix it with their asphalt dough used to fix roads. I have seen it done before and it worked.