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Roadwork in flood-affected areas to start soon

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

THE National Works Agency (NWA) says it will, in the next seven working days, begin work along 15 corridors in seven parishes that, since April 2017, have been significantly impacted by flood rains.

Communication and customer services manager at NWA Stephen Shaw says Clarendon, Manchester, St Andrew, St Elizabeth, Portland, Trelawny, and St Catherine are to benefit from contracts that have been approved for works, a release from the agency said yesterday.

Among the roads that will be getting attention are the corridors from Falmouth to Springvale, Trelawny; May Pen to Guinep Tree, Clarendon; Harrywatch to Waterloo Bay, Manchester; and Buff Bay to Craigmill in Portland.

According to Shaw, contracts valued at more than $220 million were approved yesterday for the works to be undertaken.

The scope of the works to be undertaken include the cleaning of drains, rehabilitation of badly rutted sections of the corridors, and paving with asphaltic concrete the release said. Also, some corridors will benefit from the cutting of overhanging trees and bushing of embankments.

“The works form part of the Government's response to the deteriorating state of several corridors across the island, caused by increased and persistent rainfalls that have damaged some critical infrastructure, including bridges and retaining walls,” the release said yesterday.

Shaw said that the NWA was going through the procurement process for several other projects that will be implemented under a revised Capital 'A' programme, valued at a total $1.3 billion.

He said another list of projects to be undertaken through this programme would be made available next week.