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The National Works Agency (NWA) is undertaking works to rehabilitate damaged roads and clear blocked drains in the parish of St. James. With recent heavy rains in that parish causing severe flooding and damage to several roadways, the agency has mobilized its resources to remedy the situation within the shortest possible time, said Senior Communications Officer in the NWA’s western region, Stephen Shaw.
He informed that “quite a bit of work” was being carried out through the NWA’s Flood Mitigation Programme to include the cleaning of the North and South gullies, rehabilitation work on the Flankers, Bogue and Irwin main roads, and repairs to the Point to Flamstead main road in the Tangle River area.
Mr. Shaw pointed out that approximately $3 million was being spent on the cleaning of drains alone.
With respect to the Flankers main road, he said that a temporary solution was being worked on to prevent the continuous flooding and blockage of that thoroughfare. “The medium to long term solution to the problem at Flankers really lies in us completing the drainage aspect of the work under segment two of the North Coast Highway project, wherein the main road will be realigned. We will be having a new thoroughfare being constructed in the Flankers area, which will be a dualized carriageway from the airport going straight out to Sea Castles in the Rose Hall area”, he explained.
In the interim, culverts would be constructed under the existing roadway, to create a run-off for the water whenever it rained, he informed.
In terms of repairing damage to the road surface, Mr. Shaw informed JIS News, “we also have a patching programme underway, and through this programme, we intend to patch some 7,000 square metres of roadway over the next couple of weeks.”
Mr. Shaw pointed out that the NWA had a number of similar programmes taking place in other parishes throughout western Jamaica.