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Minister of Transport and Works, Mike Henry, has said that it will cost the government approximately $ 3.5 billion to repair roads that were damaged during the recent heavy rains associated with Hurricane Noel.
Addressing journalists at the weekly post-cabinet press briefing held at Jamaica House on Monday (Nov. 5), Mr. Henry said while the damage from rains associated with Noel have not been fully assessed, he has requested $2 billion from the government to begin repairs.
In the meantime, he informed that a programme has started to patch the worst potholes, but it is useless to carry out further road repair during the rain. “If I started patching now and that patch is washed out again, I’m really duplicating money. Let the rain cease, let us get a clear indication and my instructions are, wherever the sun shines, let’s move,” the Minister said.
Mr. Henry said that he will be calling a press conference next week to provide a comprehensive detail on the government’s road repair plans.

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