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  • The National Works Agency (NWA) is currently undertaking a $21.8-million project to rehabilitate the 800-metre Somerton to Virgin Valley roadway, in St. James.
  • Community Relations Officer at the NWA’s Western Office, Janel Ricketts, told JIS News that the work commenced on April 15 of this year and has a six-month duration.
  • Ms. Ricketts outlined that the scope of the work includes bushing and drain cleaning as well as the construction of new drains, cross drains, V-drains, base formations, asphalt concrete overlays, curbs and sidewalks.

The National Works Agency (NWA) is currently undertaking a $21.8-million project to rehabilitate the 800-metre Somerton to Virgin Valley roadway, in St. James.

Community Relations Officer at the NWA’s Western Office, Janel Ricketts, told JIS News that the work commenced on April 15 of this year and has a six-month duration.

Ms. Ricketts outlined that the scope of the work includes bushing and drain cleaning as well as the construction of new drains, cross drains, V-drains, base formations, asphalt concrete overlays, curbs and sidewalks.

She pointed out that the roadway was in a state of disrepair, which prompted the NWA to commission the project.

“Regarding traffic management, the most that will happen is that they won’t necessarily close off the entire roadway. They will try to do one lane at a time, but if there is a need for that, then the residents will be advised beforehand so that they can make their appropriate arrangements,” said Ms. Ricketts.

The Somerton to Virgin Valley roadway not only serves the communities along the path but also links a number of neighbouring communities, such as Guilsbro, Lottery, Mt. Industry, Canaan, Dumfries and Sign in the parish.

The ongoing roadworks are among several projects the NWA has in the pipeline for St. James. In short order, the agency will commence repairs on the bridge at the eastern end of Howard Cooke Boulevard in Montego Bay.

Particular sections of the structure, particularly the expansion joints, have been compromised and are in need of repair.