Several Parochial Roads in Portland to be Repaired


Several parochial roads in Portland are scheduled for repair in January 2005, as government continues to improve the country’s road network.
Approximately 4.6 kilometres of parochial roads will be refurbished under the Parish Infrastructure Development Programme (PIDP).
In an interview with JIS News, Bradley Barrett, Superintendent of the Portland Parish Council pointed out that 2.45 kilometres of roads would be repaired in Eastern Portland, while work would be done on 2.15 kilometres of roads in the western section of the parish.
Mr. Barrett said the work to be carried out included the building of drainage structures, retaining walls and culverts, as well as resurfacing, adding that the total cost would be $32.4 million, with $18.5 million to be spent in Eastern Portland and $13.9 million in Western Portland.
He noted that the roads to be worked on are located in the communities of Belle Castle, Benjamin Hill and Stanton Harcourt in Eastern Portland, and in Shantimy and Rodney Hall in Western Portland.
The contractors will be Construction Solutions Limited for the roads in Eastern Portland, and Asphalting Specialists for those in Western Portland.
Mr. Barrett said the work is expected to begin on the January 3, and is scheduled to last for four months.
He added that plans were also in place to use the facilities of the PIDP to repair other parochial roads in the parish in the next fiscal year.
Turning to the general condition of parochial roads in the parish,Mr. Barrett said the Council has been making an effort to ensure that they were in good condition, despite the financial constraints. He noted that improvement work has been carried out on a number of roads since the introduction of the Parochial Revenue Fund, and that the PIDP would improve the Council’s capacity to effect further improvements.
Commenting on the damage to roads caused by Hurricane Ivan in September, Mr. Barrett said the Council was making a special effort to rehabilitate those which were damaged, pointing out that 90 per cent of the roads which had be blocked as a result of the hurricane, had been cleared.

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