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  • Residents in the communities of Gravel Lane and Wisbeach in North West Clarendon, now have access to improved roadways, done under the Jamaica Emergency Employment Programme (JEEP) at a cost of $13.5 million.
  • Minister of State in the Ministry of Transport, Works and Housing, Hon. Richard Azan, called on the beneficiaries to ensure that all activities that can destroy the roads are resisted.
  • Mr. Azan reported that over the past three years, JEEP has repaired over 1,000 roads across the island, with many more to be done during the next financial year.

Residents in the communities of Gravel Lane and Wisbeach in North West Clarendon, now have access to improved roadways, done under the Jamaica Emergency Employment Programme (JEEP) at a cost of $13.5 million.

Several residents of both communities have expressed delight at the rehabilitated roads, noting that production of agricultural produce will now move with ease out of the communities.

The official ceremony for the opening of the roads was held on February 25, at the Peckham New Testament Church of God, where the residents and other officials spoke of the opportunities that will come to the communities.

For his part, Mayor of May Pen, Councillor Scean Barnswell, said with improvement to the roads, other developments will come to the areas, and the police will be able to respond much quicker to reports of agricultural theft.

Minister of State in the Ministry of Transport, Works and Housing, Hon. Richard Azan, called on the beneficiaries to ensure that all activities that can destroy the roads are resisted. “Everything that we do, comes with a cost, and it (repairs) will come right back to you the taxpayers,” he said.

Mr. Azan said as Member of Parliament for the area, he is on a drive to revive agriculture in the constituency.

The road projects were done under the JEEP component of the Major Infrastructure Development Programme.

Mr. Azan reported that over the past three years, JEEP has repaired over 1,000 roads across the island, with many more to be done during the next financial year.