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Major repairs for George Lee Boulevard, Kingsway Road

Wednesday, March 26, 2014    

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MOTORISTS who use George Lee Boulevard in Portmore, St Catherine, and Kingsway Road in St Andrew will, in a few months, enjoy improved road conditions following yesterday's signing of two multi-million dollar contracts for their rehabilitation.

The contracts, valued at $16 million for George Lee Boulevard and $15.5 million for Kingsway Road, were signed by minister of transport and works Omar Davies at his ministry in Kingston.

General Paving Company will undertake the repairs in Portmore, which will include the rehabilitation of the road as well as reconstruction of sidewalks, drain cleaning and the installation of new drains. Surrey Paving will execute rehabilitation work on Kingsway Road, which will also include the reconstruction of sidewalks.

The repairs to both roads, which will begin immediately, are expected to be completed within the next three months.

"This is an occasion to be celebrated," Davies told the signing ceremony.

"In terms of the provision of infrastructure, every citizen has an equal right. There should be no punishment of opponents in terms of how these allocations are done," said the minister.

"I want it to be placed on record that as long as we are dealing with the business of the people, we don't recognise political division," he added.

At the same time, he said resources for road repairs in both local and central government should be combined.

Member of parliament for North East St Andrew Delroy Chuck thanked the minister for deciding to fix Kingsway Road but raised concerns about the damage that is often done to roads by developers once they are fixed.

"After you fix this road we have to ensure that the road is put back in the condition when these builders come there," he said. "I know this is a Kingston and St Andrew Corporation problem but the National Works Agency has to protect its roads also," Chuck said.

Member of parliament for South East St Catherine Colin Fagan, in whose constituency George Lee Boulevard is located, expressed gratitude on behalf of the people of the Portmore Municipality for the repairs that will be done.

Fagan said repairs to the road would be "a very nice way" to remember George Lee, the late former mayor of Portmore, in whose honour the road was named.

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