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  • The Bog Walk to Santa Maria roadway (incorporating Pleasant Hill to Waugh Hill) in North Central St. Catherine is currently undergoing major repairs, at a cost of $470 million.
  • The project, which is expected to be completed in short order, is among 14 urban and rural roads in the constituency that have either been rehabilitated or are undergoing repair.
  • The roadway is expected to provide a viable alternative route through Sligoville for persons coming in from the North Coast.

The Bog Walk to Santa Maria roadway (incorporating Pleasant Hill to Waugh Hill) in North Central St. Catherine is currently undergoing major repairs, at a cost of $470 million.

Making her contribution to the 2014/15 Sectoral Debate in the House of Representatives on, June 24, Minister with responsibility for Sports and Member of Parliament for the area, Hon. Natalie Neita Headley, said the project, which is expected to be completed in short order, is among 14 urban and rural roads in the constituency that have either been rehabilitated or are undergoing repair.

She said the roadway is expected to provide a viable alternative route through Sligoville for persons coming in from the North Coast, while also allowing residents of Sligoville and the surrounding areas to travel in and out of Kingston within 15 to 20 minutes.

“I promised my constituents that I would advocate on their behalf for better roads. There is a lot of work left to be done, but much has been accomplished and so many lives affected have been enhanced,” Mrs. Neita Headley said.

In regard to other road works being carried out in her constituency, she pointed out that last year, through the support of the Sugar Transformation Project, funded by the European Union, the West Prospect Road, Church Road in Bog Walk, portions along the Linstead Bypass, and the Zion Hill to Parkes Road stretch were  repaired.

“There has been a vast improvement in the road quality experienced by those who travel towards the Flat Bridge, along Brunswick Avenue to Dam Head road, on the Bog Walk to Knollis Road and on the Five Miles to Sligoville road,” Mrs. Neita Headley said.

She also informed that a partnership forged between the Ministry of Local Government and the St. Catherine Parish Council, has resulted in the Cedar Valley road being rehabilitated.

Mrs. Neita Headley also informed that through the Jamaica Emergency Employment Programme (JEEP), work has also been completed on Angels Drive and Canal Crescent in the Lakemore Housing scheme.

“These road works also have implications for Jamaica’s economic growth as the movement of produce to market will be significantly improved,” she said.