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The National Works Agency (NWA) is hoping to wrap up road rehabilitation works being undertaken in Hanover in July.

The projects are being done under the Jamaica Development Infrastructure Programme (JDIP), and the Jamaica Emergency Employment Programme (JEEP).

Chief Executive Officer of the NWA, E.G. Hunter, said that after some delays, due to contractual and other issues, the projects are going well and are near completion.

“The works in Hanover are proceeding apace. We are pretty happy with where we are, and in another two weeks, we should be concentrating on just the aesthetic, cleaning up,” Mr. Hunter told reporters on Thursday, June 27, after touring some of the road projects.

He informed that about two to three months were lost on the Sandy Bay to Montpelier segment of the project “but we have been able to restart that project and we have been given a schedule of mid-July”.

“The month of July should see the final wrapping up of that project. There are two smaller JEEP projects in the town of Lucea, West and East Avenue, those are substantially completed,” he informed.

Mr. Hunter assured that the “slow pace” in the construction of a sidewalk in Hopewell will be sorted within a week’s time.

He stated that the agency’s focus is on the completion of these projects and “trying to ensure that we meet our target as close as we can, and make sure that when the final accounts are done, there are no overruns. It is our commitment and conviction that the entire JDIP programme, which stands at US$400 million, should be executed on budget, if not on time.”

The NWA head said there has been good feedback from the public as it relates to the quality of the work being done.

Contact: Garfield L. Angus