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KINGSTON — Road surfacing works along the Scotts Cove to Belmont main road in Westmoreland are to get underway, following Cabinet’s approval of a $279 million contract to undertake the activities.

Speaking at a post-Cabinet press briefing at Jamaica House on August 10, Minister with responsibility for Information, Telecommunications and Special Projects, Hon. Daryl Vaz, informed that Asphaltic Concrete Enterprise Limited has been awarded the contract for the concrete road surfacing works on this stretch of roadway.

“The rehabilitation of 13.7 kilometres of roadway from Scotts Cove is required to bring the road up to driveable condition, given that it has substantially deteriorated since the passage of Tropical Storm Nicole,” the Minister said.

He said that the works are being carried out under the Inter-American Development Bank-funded Transportation Infrastructure Rehabilitation Programme.

The programme, which began in February 2008, aims to ensure the physical continuity of the primary road network by minimising the impact of flooding on the road system.

Meanwhile, the Minister further informed that Cabinet also approved a $47 million contract to Bajad Limited for the construction of the Mona Road Sanitary Collector Sewers in St. Andrew.

“The contract is necessary to protect the water resource in the area as the Liguanea aquifer has become contaminated over the years by the use of onsite disposal systems, such as septic tanks, and soak away pits,” he said.

 

By ALECIA SMITH, JIS Reporter