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  • Road repair works are far advanced in the parishes of Westmoreland and Hanover under the third phase of the Jamaica Emergency Employment Programme (JEEP).
  • Community Relations Officer at the National Works Agency (NWA), Janel Ricketts, told JIS News that 10 road sections are being targeted in the parishes at a cost of $30 million.
  • The works, which started in May, involve the resurfacing of roadways, drainage improvement, drain cleaning, and bushing of verges.

Road repair works are far advanced in the parishes of Westmoreland and Hanover under the third phase of the Jamaica Emergency Employment Programme (JEEP).

Community Relations Officer at the National Works Agency (NWA), Janel Ricketts, told JIS News that 10 road sections are being targeted in the parishes at a cost of $30 million.

The works, which started in May, involve the resurfacing of roadways, drainage improvement, drain cleaning, and bushing of verges.

“To date, we have covered much ground in that seven of the 10 roadways that have been targeted are now completed. Among the roadways that have been completed are the Fullersfield and Broughton Parish Council roadways in Western Hanover; sections of the York and Lambs River roadways in Eastern Westmoreland;  as well as the Torrington to Pennicooke roadway, the Kingswood roadway and  the Wharf Road in Central Westmoreland,” Ms Ricketts informed.

She said that in Westmoreland, work is continuing on the Grange to Friendship roadway, as well as Rose Street and Seaton Crescent, in the parish capital of Savanna-la-Mar.

Miss Ricketts noted that JEEP is just one aspect of the Government’s multi-billion dollar Major Infrastructure Development Programme (MIDP), which is geared at rehabilitating selected roadways across the island.

JEEP is fulfilling its mandate of not only rehabilitating the roadways, Ms. Ricketts said, but is creating employment for persons in the communities in which the projects are located.

“We have the labourers, flag persons, persons who clear the areas and prepare the roadway for the application of asphalt. You also have the persons, who do the drain cleaning,” she pointed out.

In the meantime, NWA is undertaking a patching and drain cleaning programme along sections of the Ferris Cross to Mackfield roadway in Westmoreland, which is valued at approximately $4 million.

The project, which got underway on September 1, is expected to be completed before the end of the month. Just over 1,000 square metres of roadway will be patched through this effort.

The Ferris Cross to Mackfield stretch is among the corridors targeted under the MIDP.