MONTEGO BAY — Minister of Transport and Works, Hon. Michael Henry, is commending the work being done by the National Solid Waste Management Authority (NSWMA) to clean-up roadways along the north coast under a pilot road beautification and maintenance project.
The initiative, which is being undertaken through a US$10 million loan from the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), entails the removal of garbage and the cleaning and bushing of verges along the main thoroughfare from Negril to Port Antonio. Residents in communities along the approximately 230-kilometre stretch are also being trained to maintain the cleaned areas.
“Last week, I drove all the way from Negril myself and I was impressed with the amount of work and what you could see. So basically, this is a continuous programme of how we want to develop and maintain the roads, because it’s not much point in me spending a lot of money under the road development programme and the periodic maintenance does not work,” Minister Henry said.
“So, we can expect that the same way that the toll roads are maintained, roads that are not tolled will be maintained,” he told JIS News on Friday (May 13) following a tour of project areas between Montego Bay, St. James and Duncans, Trelawny.
The Transport Minister said that the public’s support is needed to keep the roadways clean and appealed to motorists, in particular, to refrain from throwing garbage from their vehicles. “I am making this strong appeal…the amount of plastic bottles, bags, juice boxes that are thrown out, is really sad,” he said.
In the meantime, he said that the Ministry has acquired marking equipment for white lines and other road markings.
By BRYAN MILLER, JIS REGIONAL OFFICE