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Improvement works, valued at approximately $38.7 million are being undertaken by the National Works Agency (NWA) on roads across the parishes of Hanover and Westmoreland, in western Jamaica.
Some $18.6 million dollars are projected to be spent in Westmoreland, and $20.1 million in Hanover.
According to Community Relations Officer with the NWA in western Jamaica, Janel Ricketts, the work being carried out in Westmoreland involves the implementation of a major retaining wall programme, valued at approximately $14 million, which is expected to be completed by the end of May. Simultaneously, rehabilitation work will be carried out on sections of five badly affected roads in the parish.
“The retaining wall works involve the construction of retaining walls along the Strawberry, Content, Darliston and Seaford Town roadways. To date, the contractors have completed retaining walls along the Strawberry, Darliston and Seaford Town roads,” she pointed out.
She said that the retaining wall work along the Content roadway will commence on May 1 and is estimated to be completed by the end of the month.
Ms. Ricketts explained that a $4.6 million patching programme on five road sections in Westmoreland, which forms part of the work being carried out in that parish, has recently been completed. The roadways benefiting under that programme are: Hertford to Flower Hill; Scotts Cove to Smithfield; Grange Hill to Little London; Whithorn to Darliston; and Goddens River to Glasgow.
She said that the patching programme targeted the worst affected sections of those roadways.
In Hanover, approximately $20.1 million are being spent on road rehabilitation and drainage improvement projects. About 10 roads are to be rehabilitated at a cost of $13.8 million, while $6.3 million is being spent on a major routine maintenance and patching programme, which involves the cleaning of drains, bushing of verges and rehabilitation of critical road sections in that parish.

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