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The Ticky Ticky road in Manchester was opened on Tuesday (May 5) after extensive rehabilitation work at a cost of more than $19 million.
Under the project, which was undertaken by the Jamaica Social Investment Fund (JSIF) through funding from the World Bank, some 2.52 kilometres of roadway was asphalted, with concrete cross drains and retaining walls constructed.
It will directly benefit more than 500 residents in the community and surrounding areas.
Minister of Finance and the Public Service and Member of Parliament for North Eastern Manchester Hon. Audley Shaw, in addressing the opening ceremony, urged the residents to take care of the roadway.
“This road has come at a great cost; let’s take care of it. This is a vital infrastructure for the farmers and other users, and I will be very upset with anyone who seeks to destroy it,” he stated.
Managing Director of JSIF, Scarlette Gillings, said the rehabilitation of the road will improve access by farmers to markets and enable the community to benefit from development projects. She commended the co-operative partnership between citizens and the funding organisations in undertaking the project.
World Bank Vice President for Latin America and the Caribbean Region, Pamela Cox, in her remarks, said she was pleased to be in the community as “we are interested in development.”
“The money that we spend reaches the people in meaningful ways,” she added.
Community member, Loraine Gayle, in expressing gratitude on behalf of the community, said that “for many years we suffered with taxis not wanting to drive in this area because of the condition of the road. Now that it is fixed, we will do our best so that it can be in a good condition for a long time.”