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  • Mr. Azan appealed for additional stakeholder support and input in ensuring the timely completion of work on the roadway which said is “heavily used”.
  • Mr. Azan noted “some minor concerns” that need to be corrected in relation to the recently completed John’s Hall main road and bridge, located in another section of St. James.
  • The State Minister informed that additional funds are expected to be provided to correct sections of the Green Pond main road drainage project.

The Freeport main road in Montego Bay, St. James, is currently being rehabilitated by the National Works Agency (NWA) at a cost of $8 million.

State Minister for Transport, works and Housing, Hon. Richard Azan, accompanied by representatives of the NWA and St. James Parish Council, visited the project area during his recent visit to the parish to view work on a number of road projects currently underway.

While expressing satisfaction with the quality of work carried undertaken, to date, on the Freeport Road, Mr. Azan appealed for additional stakeholder support and input in ensuring the timely completion of work on the roadway which said is “heavily used”.

“Sometime last year, we did a tour of this roadway with Dr. Paul Robertson from the Port Authority of Jamaica and he asked for some support to bring this road up to a certain standard. We have, therefore, given priority to the rehabilitation works and I am satisfied with where we have reached with the project.  We are now trying to get (a certain cement provider) to make a contribution to complete the (the project),” Minister Azan told JIS News, adding that work is still proceeding while that company’s response is being awaited.

In relation to the John’s Hall main road and bridge, located in another section of St. James, where rehabilitation work has been completed at a cost of $551 million, Mr. Azan noted “some minor concerns” that need to be corrected.

“We have seen the work that has been done on the bridge and roadway and are not a hundred per cent satisfied; but at least we are somewhere close to that (effecting corrections),” Minister Azan pointed out.

The State Minister informed that additional funds are expected to be provided to correct sections of the Green Pond main road drainage project which need minor adjustments. This intervention, he said, will ensure that the drainage process more effective.

Mr. Azan told JIS News that work on several other roadways across St. James have already been completed.