The Aqueduct of Vineyards and Its Restoration


The Bushy Park Aqueduct was constructed in the mid 1700s and was a  significant part of the Bushy Park Sugar Estate factory works. The bricks used in the process were held in place by crushed limestone, molasses, animal dung, and dry grass. The aqueduct facilitated the transportation of water from the Spring Garden River to the estate and was used to power the waterwheel for cane grinding operations.

Collectively the aqueduct is 559 meters long however sections have been removed to accommodate the construction of the railway line, the parochial road and the Old Harbour Bypass (now a part of Highway 2000).

Naturally, the aqueduct has deteriorated over the years.

Given the historical significance and the fact that this is one of the last few aqueducts remaining in Jamaica, CEAC Outsourcing has committed to spearheading the restoration in association with the Jamaica National Herritage Trust (JNHT).

Preservation activities are expected to take 3 months overall, and will be done before the majority of the civil works for the Aqueduct of Vineyards Bushy Park housing development are completed.

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