Some $401.9 million has been provided to continue work in four parishes, under phase two of the government’s Rural Road Rehabilitation Project.
The allocation, which is set out in the 2013/14 Estimates of Expenditure, currently being reviewed by the Standing Finance Committee of the House, aims to rehabilitate approximately 47 kilometres of road and supporting infrastructure in sections of Clarendon, Trelawny, Manchester and St. Catherine.
These corridors include: just over 22 kilometres of roadway from Sour Sop Turn to Danks, and Danks to Mears Bridge (Trout Hall) in Clarendon; 16 kilometres of road linking Stettin with Highgate Hall in Trelawny; and the 8.8 kilometre Williamsfield to Greenvale road.
Jointly funded by the Government of Jamaica and the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC), the project, which commenced in April 2008, has seen implementing agency, the Ministry of Transport, Works and Housing, undertaking several activities up to the end of February 2013.
These include: completion of land acquisition surveys; approval of 407 of 507 parcels of land by the National Land Agency (NLA), for acquisition; and commencement of negotiations with the property owners for the acquisition of the lands.
Activities slated for execution during 2013/14 include: surveying of 198 parcels of land for acquisition between Danks and Trout Hall in Clarendon, and commencement of the land acquisition process for 98 parcels between Sour Sop Turn and Chapelton in the parish and awarding the contract to effect road works along that corridor; and relocation of 139 utility poles.
The project, which has been extended twice, is slated for completion in June 2014.
By Douglas McIntosh, JIS Reporter