$123m spray patching to benefit 8 parishes

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

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KINGSTON, Jamaica — The National Works Agency (NWA) says it recently completed spray patching works on a number of roadways in four parishes and is to start work in an additional five parishes during the upcoming week.

NWA manager, communication and customer services, Stephen Shaw, explained in a release today, that the works are being done as part of a $123 million dollar islandwide spray patching programme which begun in February.

He added that the works are being executed in two phases with over twenty roadways in Kingston, Portland and St Catherine given attention thus far under phase one, which is set to wrap up in another two weeks in Clarendon.

Phase two of the spray patching programme, which is set to get underway next week, will benefit the parishes of Westmoreland, Kingston, Manchester, St James and St Andrew where approximately 4,750 square meters of roadway will be patched in each parish over a two week period.

According to the NWA, spray patching involves the repairing of potholes with the application of a mixture of asphalt emulsion and stones with the use of a high pressure machine that uses compressed air.

“The method is used to address small potholes and road surfaces which are not yet extensively eroded. It is a cost-effective approach as minimal preparation is required ahead of actual patching works,” the agency stated.

The ongoing spray patching programme is being financed through the Road Maintenance Fund.

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