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Repair projects underway

BY BALFORD HENRY
Senior Reporter
balfordh@jamaicaobserver.com

Friday, September 01, 2017

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MOTORISTS have been experiencing improvements to the road infrastructure recently under a major road improvement works programme covering 11 parishes.

The National Works Agency (NWA), which has been undertaking the projects, has confirmed its value at just over $3.2 billion, and that it is part of the Major Infrastructure Development Programme (MIDP) which replaced the Jamaica Development Infrastructure Programme (JDIP) started in 2010.

Contracts for the new projects, which were signed in March, will be executed by China Harbour Engineering Company (CHEC) Limited and nine local contractors.

Among the roads being rehabilitated are: the Mona and Essex Hall roads in St Andrew; the main road from Retreat to Lambkin Hill, St Mary; Sign to Virgin Valley, St James; Toll Gate to Rest, Clarendon; the road from Wire Fence to Lorrimers, Trelawny and the Ocho Rios Bypass in St Ann.

Works are also being undertaken on Barbican Road and Constant Spring Road in St Andrew by CHEC under the MIDP.

The programme also facilitates reconstruction of the Dumbarton Box Culvert in St Ann, which collapsed during heavy rains in December. Sections of the Sandy Gully, that have been in disrepair for sometime, is also benefiting to the tune of over $150 million.

The Marley Hill roadway, located in Old Harbour, St Catherine, is also receiving a major upgrade through a $22-million road improvement contract.

Acting communication and customer services manager at the NWA, Janel Ricketts, said the project, which commenced on August 24, involves drainage improvement, the installation of sidewalks, and the resurfacing of the roadway using asphaltic concrete.

This rehabilitative effort is expected to be completed by October and is being executed through the Road Maintenance Fund by one of the agency's Force Account Teams.

Motorists have been advised to obey the posted warning signs and the instructions of flag persons.

Since Wednesday, August 16, a section of the Nolan Hill to Border main road in St Andrew has been completely closed to the public. The closure will be in effect for one month and applies to not only motorists, but also pedestrians and cyclists to facilitate repairs to a breakaway in the Mt Ogle district.

The project, which is being executed through a $34.4-million contract, is scheduled to be completed by the end of September.

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