Residents of Jacks River, in St. Mary, are now enjoying a smooth ride, following the $23 million rehabilitation of the Bogagee road in the community.
Work on the 2.3 kilometres of road was funded through the Government’s Road Rehabilitation Programme, and implemented by the National Works Agency and the St. Mary Parish Council.
The scope of work included asphalting of the roadway and upgrading of the drainage system. Additionally, work had to be done on the gates of several homes, due to the re-alignment of the roadway.
Minister of State in the Office of the Prime Minister, with responsibility for Local Government, Hon. Robert Montague, speaking at the official opening of the rehabilitated Bogagee Road, in Jacks River, St. Mary, recently.
State Minister in the Office of the Prime Minister, with responsibility for Local Government, Hon. Robert Montague, and Councillor for the Gayle Division, St. Mary, Jason James, were on hand recently to officially open the road, while Mr. Montague handed it over to the St. Mary Parish Council.
Addressing the function, the State Minister urged the residents to assist in the maintenance of the road by dealing with the “little defects” that might occur.
“I do not have to tell anybody that if they see a stone in the drain they must take it out, because when the road is damaged, because of the blocked drains, it is the people here who will suffer,” he said.
He said that the rehabilitation of the road was part of a plan to fix the Eden Park Bridge, noting that the Bogagee Road will be used as an alternative route to get to Hamilton Mountain when the bridge is dismantled.
“So, once the bridge is taken out to be fixed, the six months that it is going to take, the people of Hamilton Mountain will have a way to get home,” he said.
Mr. Montague said that plans were also in place to refurbish the roadway from Days Mountain to Mason Hall and the Airy Hill Road.
In an interview with JIS News, Minister Montague said he was satisfied with the quality of work done on the Bogagee road. “The people are quite happy with the quality of the work. I am happy with the quality of the work. We went through the recent rains and the work has stood up,” he said.