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NWA starts $236-m roadwork in south Trelawny

Thursday, May 18, 2017

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The National Works Agency (NWA) has commenced a major road rehabilitation project along the Wire Fence to Highgate Hall corridor in Southern Trelawny at a cost of $236 million.The approximately 15-kilometre roadway serves several communities, including Wire Fence, Litchfield, Lowe River and Lorrimers, and is a critical link to the neighbouring town of Christiana in Manchester.

Residents and motorists who use the usually busy roadway have welcomed the project, saying that it has been in a state of disrepair for sometime.

The road surface is heavily pitted with several breakaways, making for an uncomforatble and unsafe commute.

Residents and other stakeholders have long appealed for attention to be paid to this critical roadway. however, the NWA said it was unable to address the concerns due to budgetary constraints.

According to Community Relations Officer for the National Works Agency Western Region, Janel Ricketts, the project involves significant drainage improvement, the removal of landslips, the construction of retaining and parapet walls, as well as the reshaping and resurfacing of the road surface.

She said the project, which commenced recently, is expected to be completed by October 2017. Currently the project is in the preliminary stage with the bushing of verges and the cleaning of side drains.

Litchfield resident Enzeil Howard speaking following a recent public consultation in the area to advise about the road improvement project, expressed his appreciation for what the described as a “much needed project.”

“I wished the project had started a long time ago, but we are grateful for this,” he said.

Howard, however, expressed concern with the speed at which motorists use the roadway and hopes when the project is completed drivers will be cautious.

Residents said they are eagerly looking forward to the completion of the project as it will reduce travel time.

“Christiana, Manchester is where we go to conduct business…even though the town is nearby it takes so long to get there because of the road,” said Teresh Stone, another Litchfield resident. “It is a good project, everybody needs the road,” she added.

The Wire Fence to Highgate Hall project is one of four that is currently being undertaken in the western region under the Government's multi-billion-dollar Major Development Infrastructure Programme (MDIP).

Approximately $500 million has been budgeted to undertake projects in western Jamaica.

Among the other projects currently being undertaken are the Williams Street to Flower Hill roadway in St James; Guava Walk in St James and the Lethe to Copse roadway in Hanover.

“These projects involve complete rehabilitation which include drainage improvement and Asphaltic Concrete Overlay,” said Ricketts.

Funding for the programme is made available through the China Exim Bank and is executed by the China Harbour Engineering Company, under local contract.

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