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  • A sum of $20 million will be spent this fiscal year to repair two kilometres of roadway along the access road to the Riverton City Landfill in St. Andrew.
  • This is to improve utilisation of the landfill, and reduce down-time and operating costs for garbage trucks.
  • The project, which is slated to run from April, 2014 to March, 2015, is being implemented with funding from the Mexican Government.

A sum of $20 million will be spent this fiscal year to repair two kilometres of roadway along the access road to the Riverton City Landfill in St. Andrew.

This is to improve utilisation of the landfill, and reduce down-time and operating costs for garbage trucks.

The money has been provided in the 2014/15 Estimates of Expenditure, currently being reviewed by Parliament’s Standing Finance Committee.

To be undertaken by the National Solid Waste Management Authority (NSWMA), the works include: preparation of the existing road surface; construction of drains along the roadway; construction of the concrete pavement; and maintenance of the concrete pavement.

The project, which is slated to run from April, 2014 to March, 2015, is being implemented with funding from the Mexican Government.

In the meantime, another $13.2 million has been set aside in the Estimates to repair 105 fire hydrants across the island this fiscal year.

This and other rehabilitative works, including the servicing of 520 and inspection of 800 hydrants, are being undertaken in order to facilitate effective firefighting efforts by the Jamaica Fire Brigade.

This activity, which is expected to last from April, 2014 to March, 2015, is being funded by the Embassy of Japan.