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Some $120 million is to be spent in Portland to put in the infrastructure to protect the roadways in the parish.
This was disclosed by Minister of State in the Ministry of Housing, Transport, Water and Works, Richard Azan, during a tour of infrastructural projects being undertaken by the National Works Agency (NWA) in western Portland, on September 6.
He pointed out that the sum was the lion’s share of the $250 million to be spent on wall construction throughout the country.
The tour was undertaken by the State Minister to examine the work being carried out to repair roads in the parish, which were damaged by heavy rainfall in 2005.
Among the areas toured were Bangor Ridge and Spring Hill, where the roadways were badly damaged, and Cascade, where a section of the roadway has been cut off as a result of erosion.
Work on the damaged section of the Bangor Ridge Road has been completed, while repair to the Spring Hill road is well advanced.
Mr. Azan said similar work would be carried out on the Cascade section as soon as funds were available.The State Minister explained that the soil type in the area made it susceptible to landslides and breakaways, and that the NWA was in the process of developing strategies to deal with that situation.
He praised the contractors for the work they were doing to rehabilitate the damaged roadways, and commended residents of the affected communities for the patience they have displayed.
Mr. Azan assured them that the NWA was committed to providing them with the highest quality of road network.