JIS News

A sum of $26 million has been spent by the Jamaica Social Investment Fund (JSIF) to repair 11.34 kilometres of rural roads in Clarendon over the last year.
The roads include Sinks to Burns, Burns to Jericho, Sodom/Moravia, Morant and Logie Green.Work included resurfacing, surfacing and construction of drainage structures.
Operations Manager at the JSIF, Omar Sweeney told JIS News that the road rehabilitation projects were an important part of JSIF’s strategy for facilitating economic development.
“Most of JSIF’s road projects have been implemented in poor rural communities where farming is the main economic activity. Prior to JSIF’s intervention, poor road condition had aversely affected production,” the Operations Manager noted.
He pointed out that the repaired roads would benefit communities such as Sinks, Comesee, Burn, Jericho, Sodom, Lower Moravia, Bullocks, Silent Hill, Yankee, Grantham, Union, Hill Top, Logie Green, Morant and Sanguinetti.
Mr. Sweeney noted that the road rehabilitation projects began in February last year and ended in December.
He reported that since the Fund was established in 1996, 12 road projects had been undertaken and completed in Clarendon at a cost of approximately $72 million.
The Operations Manager also noted that some 103 road projects islandwide had been approved by JSIF, representing a total investment of about $910 million. So far, 71 of these projects have been completed at a cost of $550 million.

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