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Just over $142 million has been spent by the Ministry of Local Government to rehabilitate 26.7 kilometres (km) of parochial roads in Clarendon.
The roads were officially re-opened last Friday (February 18), by Minister of Local Government, Community Development and Sports, Portia Simpson Miller.
Speaking at the dedication ceremony at Coxwain Road in North Central Clarendon, Minister Simpson Miller said that the emphasis being given to the rehabilitation of rural roads would open up more possibilities for development.
“Our focus on parochial roads and agricultural roads is a good focus, because we’re opening up new opportunities for people to be able to put their land to agricultural use, to productive use. It opens up new possibilities, our children are able to go to school comfortably. and the farmers are able to get their products out for marketing,” she said.
Patrick Wong, Technical Director in the Ministry said the roads in Clarendon fell under a Euro 7.2 million (J$576 million) programme to rehabilitate roads that were damaged in the 2002 to 2003 flood rains.
A total of 134 kilometres of roads in six parishes, namely St. Ann, St. Thomas, St. Catherine, Clarendon, Manchester and St. Elizabeth have been rehabilitated, he said.
Gerd Jarchow, Head of Delegation of the European Commission, emphasized the commitment of the European Union to assist in the country’s development process.
“This programme, along with our many other programmes, is indicative of the European Union’s commitment to supporting the efforts of the Government of Jamaica in improving and maintaining their quality of life,” he said.
He commended Minister Simpson Miller and her staff for their “dedication and excellent work”, as well as the contractors, Construction Solutions, on the “good work and timely delivery of the roads”.
The rehabilitated roads are located in the communities of Santa Hill, Windsor, Piece River, Palmyra Mears, Bryans Land, Collington, Orange River, Wiltshire, Chocolate, Pennant Wood, Coxwain, Danks, Scotts Pass, Breeze Mill, Rhymesbury, Longwood and Rose Hall.

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