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  • The National Works Agency (NWA) is undertaking a $14 million project, aimed at increasing the carrying capacity of the section of the North Gully, which runs through the Capital Heights community in Central St. James.
  • The works, which got underway mid-August, will see another 30 metres of the gully being widened and also involves the demolition of a section of the gully and construction of a larger capacity concrete “u” drain.
  • It is expected to be completed by October 2015.

The National Works Agency (NWA) is undertaking a $14 million project, aimed at increasing the carrying capacity of the section of the North Gully, which runs through the Capital Heights community in Central St. James.

Community Relations Officer for the NWA’s Western Region, Janel Ricketts, told JIS News that the project represents the second phase of a targeted approach to mitigating flooding in the area.

The works, which got underway mid-August, will see another 30 metres of the gully being widened and also involves the demolition of a section of the gully and construction of a larger capacity concrete “u” drain.

It is expected to be completed by October 2015.

Ms. Ricketts said the first phase of the project was completed in 2013 and saw approximately $27 million being spent to construct a 60-metre concrete channel.

Ms. Ricketts added that “this project has significantly improved the carrying capacity of this section of the North Gully, thereby reducing the instances of flooding in the area.”