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Another phase of road work, under the Jamaica Development Infrastructure Programme (JDIP), is set to get under way before the end of January, Minister of Transport and Works, Hon. Michael Henry, has said.

Speaking at a press conference to update the media on the progress of the programme, at his office in Kingston on Tuesday (January 18), Mr. Henry said a majority of the projects will be rolled out in January to complement the work already started in other parishes.  

“Already the initiative has been impacting, in a major sense, across the parishes of St. Catherine, Portland, St. Thomas, St. James, Kingston, St. Andrew, St. Ann, Clarendon and St. Mary. The other parishes have had a lower roll-out so far, but activities there are slated to intensify very soon,” he stated.

Under the project, the government is rehabilitating the road at Newport West. Work started on November 15, on First Street (north and south), Tenth Avenue, where a box culvert is being placed, Seventh Avenue, Eight avenue and Fourth Avenue. It is expected that the project will be completed within 12 months.

Work has also started on Orange Street, Kingston, involving the milling and overlaying of the road, and forms part of the plan to rehabilitate streets in the Parade area of downtown, Kingston.

Micro surfacing works are currently underway in the areas of Havendale and Hughenden, St. Andrew, as well as Albion to Llandewey in St. Thomas. The repair of five kilometres of road has also commenced from Llandewey to Easington in the same parish.

Work is also progressing on the John’s Hall deviation and Queen’s Drive in St. James, which includes the construction of box culverts and the realignment of the roadway. The Skull Point to Devon Road and Dump to High Gate roads in Manchester are also being repaired.

Retaining walls are being built on Goulborne Road, St. Andrew; Lime Hall, St. Ann; Hall’s Delight, St. Andrew; Redlight to Hardwar Gap; Cavaliers; Jacks Hill Road; Persimmon Avenue Gully; and Border to Cuffy Gully.

River training exercises along the Yallahs River at Cocoa Walk have also started. The river was rendered impassable, after Tropical Storm Nicole, but the road has since reopened and the other works will be completed soon.

Mr. Henry recalled that the project is the most comprehensive infrastructure development, rehabilitation and maintenance programme in the country’s history. He said as such, the Government has sought to engage the highest levels of expertise.

He noted that, on Monday, a seminar featuring one of the world’s foremost providers of technical and management support services, and the United States’ chief consulting firm in this regard, was conducted.

The seminar, held at the Terra Nova Hotel in Kingston, was conducted by AECOM and was mainly attended by public sector project managers.

The topics presented at the seminar included Project Start-up, Cost Management, Time Management, Risk Management, Change Management, Claims Avoidance and Project Close-out.

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