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  • Rehabilitation work costing over $24 million is to commence by January 21 on the Old Porus Road in Manchester.
  • Apart from its importance to the residents of the area, including farmers, it serves as a bypass to the main road.
  • According to Minister of State in the Ministry of Transport, Works and Housing, Hon. Richard Azan the 1.95 kilometres roadway is the only alternative when there is a problem on the main road, so it must be maintained.

Rehabilitation work costing over $24 million is to commence by January 21 on the Old Porus Road in Manchester.

Apart from its importance to the residents of the area, including farmers, it serves as a bypass to the main road.

According to Minister of State in the Ministry of Transport, Works and Housing, Hon. Richard Azan, who made the disclosure while touring the area on January 14, the 1.95 kilometres roadway is the only alternative when there is a problem on the main road, so it must be maintained.

“We expect the project to last at least three months. The entire stretch will be asphalted, and I want to appeal to motorists that it is an area with a lot of residents, as we are not building a race track, we are building a road,” the Minister said.

The scope of work to be undertaken include cutting and removing all undergrowth, roots, silt, debris,  overhanging trees on both sides of the roadway, as well as cleaning and constructing concrete drains.

Mr. Azan said although the road is the responsibility of the Manchester  Parish Council, the Ministry had to step in to do the needed repairs, given the importance of its usage to persons who traverse that part of the island, and the residents of the community.

Member of Parliament for South Manchester,  Michael Peart, said when the work is completed the improved road will bring “relief” to the residents, as it will enable easier movement in and out of the area.

For her part, Mayor of Mandeville, Councillor Brenda Ramsey, said the project by the Works Ministry is a demonstration of inter-agency collaboration, and representation by the political representative.

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