JIS News

KINGSTON — The Reduction of Fluctuation in Export Earnings (FLEX) project in the Office of the Prime Minister is to receive $88 million this fiscal year to continue rehabilitating parochial roads, and advance the sustainable development of rural communities.

As outlined in the  2011/12 Estimates of Expenditure, now before the House of Representatives, the European Union-funded project is aimed at repairing 18 rural road sections totaling  9.6 kilometres; to carry out improvements in road surface drainage; and to improve market access for agricultural products.

During the fiscal year, 15 per cent of remaining works are to be completed, defects liability periods finalised, and financial accounts provided.

Up to December 2010 contracts were awarded for 16 of the 18 packages, and some 9.6 kilometres of roads in five parishes were rehabilitated. The roads include, Church Hill School Road, Wood Land and High Levels Road, in Hanover (96 per cent complete), while in St. James, Garvey Road is 96 per cent completed, and Shortwood Road was completed.

In St. Catherine, Mickelton, West Prospect and Barton Roads were completed, and in Trelawny, Falmouth Street, Wakefield, and Cotton Tree Roads were completed. Meanwhile, Spicey Grove, Cowley, Marvin Park, and Old Buckfield Roads in St. Ann were also completed.