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Relief soon!

First phase of Ward Avenue drainage work close to finish

Monday, November 19, 2018

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Mandeville , Manchester — Phase one of drainage work on Ward Avenue at the intersection with Perth Road, Caledonia Road and Manchester Road close to the commercial centre of this highlands' south-central town should be completed soon.

Howard Hendriks of the National Works Agency (NWA) told the Jamaica Observer Central that the work, which has included extensive excavation and the laying of high-density polyethylene (HDPE) pipes, was about 70 per cent complete in terms of its first phase.

This should mean that “very soon” commercial operators, their customers, pedestrians and motorists should be able to move around with greater freedom and in relative comfort.

A second phase will see mainly off-road infrastructural work involving pipe laying and manhole construction to facilitate the run-off of water to natural drains across the nearby Manchester Golf Course.

Since the start of the project in August, people in the vicinity of the busy, four-roads' intersection have consistently complained of extreme discomfort and inconvenience, including congested and chaotic traffic.

Hendriks said that while the public inconvenience was regrettable the project was absolutely necessary in order to deal with severe flooding issues.

Commissioned by the Manchester Municipal Corporation, the project is being implemented by a private contractor under the supervision of the NWA.

“We are about 70 per cent close to finish phase one (and) the people will see benefits because the road will be back in near full usage (soon) …” Hendriks said.

The NWA representative said redesign work, property owners' concerns, excavation work which proved more difficult than originally anticipated, rain, poor lighting caused by the need to work at night in order to minimize public inconvenience, had all conspired to cause considerable delays.

He was hopeful that the project will get easier in the traditionally dry months of December, January, February and March so that by April when traditionally another wet season sets in, the entire project will be complete.

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