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The roadway between the communities of Alleppo and Cromwell Land in St. Mary is to be fully rehabilitated by the Jamaica Social Investment Fund (JSIF).
To be carried out at a total cost of $33 million, the project will be facilitated through a partnership between the JSIF and the Alleppo Citizens Association.
An agreement between the JSIF and the Association for the implementation of the project, was signed during a ceremony held in Alleppo on June 7.
Under the contract, the JSIF will be providing $31 million for the project, while the Association will contribute $2 million.
The project is scheduled to commence within the next two weeks and will include the scarification and formation of the road, the installation of kerb and channel, the construction of rubble stone masonry wall and the overlaying of a double dressed wearing surface.The work will be undertaken by Seemat Construction Company Limited, and when completed, a total of 3,000 persons are expected to benefit.
Speaking at the signing ceremony, George Blake, Management Information Systems Manager at the JSIF, said his organization was happy to be involved with the project.
He congratulated the Citizens Association for the effort they have made to bring it to reality.
Mr. Blake said that the JSIF, by virtue of its mandate to assist in the fight against poverty, had a critical role to play in the development and maintenance of infrastructure throughout the country.
He said it was against this background that the JSIF has provided funding for the rehabilitation of roads, which serve rural farming in various communities, adding that since 1966, the organization has completed 142 road projects at a cost of approximately $500 million.
He said he was optimistic that the rehabilitation of the Alleppo/Cromwell Land road would enable the area to return to being highly productive in agriculture, and help to open opportunities that will promote the further social and economic development of the area.

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