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Users of the Harbour Road in Rockfort, Kingston, will soon benefit from improved road conditions.
An $18.4 million contract for the rehabilitation of the roadway was signed on August 13 at the Leila Tomlinson Basic School in the community.
The Jamaica Social Investment Fund (JSIF) is providing $13.2 million in funding for the project, through a grant from the European Union (EU), with the community contributing $5.2 million in cash and kind through the Rockfort Development Council.
Member of Parliament for East Kingston and Port Royal, Phillip Paulwell, in his remarks at the signing ceremony, thanked the stakeholders in the process, noting that partnership is always critical in any endeavour.
He commended the community members for their contribution, adding that he is pleased with the “level of selflessness” and tremendous generosity that they have displayed. “This is an example of the community mobilising itself to achieve good and it is really a model for all the other communities (to emulate),” he said.
General Manager, Human Resource and Administration, JSIF, Rhonda Lumsden-Lue, stated that the project is a major step in upgrading the Rockfort community.
“With the delivery of each new or rehabilitated road, a community or region becomes a better place to live, a better place to work and a better place to visit,” she said.
Project Manager, Delegation of the European Union, Corinne Deleu, for her part, noted that the improved road conditions will enable community members to move around more easily and have better access to critical services.
The project, which will be undertaken over a four-month period, entails the rehabilitation of 0.8 kilometres of roadway, including the construction of drains, preparation of road surface, and cleaning, scarifying, grading, compacting and repairing the existing sidewalks.
Alcar Construction and Haulage Limited will be carrying out the works.

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