KINGSTON — The Government has earmarked $51.6 million for the Support for Decentralised Road Maintenance Programme, which aims to addresses issues related to road maintenance through the expansion of road preservation standards.
The provision has been made in the 2011/12 Estimates of Expenditure, now before the House of Representatives.
Funded by the Jamaican Government and the Inter American Development Bank (IDB), the project, which got underway this month, is scheduled to run until January 2012.
Through its implementation, the Ministry of Transport and Works is seeking to develop an evaluation system for tracking the performance of contractors and to disseminate the programme to all parishes.
Anticipated targets for this year include: the development of a road routine maintenance microenterprise; establishment of a monitoring and evaluation system; design and implementation of a road emergency attention system.
The Ministry is also seeking to document and disseminate information on the progress reports on, and training of people involved in road maintenance activities, and supervise, monitor and evaluate road maintenance-related activities.
By ATHALIAH REYNOLDS, JIS Reporter