JIS News

Repair work on the Roselle main road, a key access road to the commercial town of Morant Bay in St. Thomas, is expected to begin in August.
This was disclosed by Communications Manager at the National Works Agency (NWA), Stephen Shaw, who told JIS News that the $100 million contract would be executed in phases.
The Roselle main road has been threatened by sea surges, particularly during the hurricane season, and has suffered from constant erosion.
The contract for the road works, which is for a period of six months, involves procuring and placing large stones on the seaward side of the road to act as a sea defence barrier, and securing the integrity of the roadway.
Mr. Shaw pointed out that initially, the work would focus on selected areas that have suffered severe deterioration. “We can’t do all the areas, so we will be doing the most critical points initially,” he said.
He explained that the focus would be on two main areas, the bridge where there has been serious erosion of the soil supporting the bridge, and by the famed street-side waterfall, where a break-away of the road had occurred last year.
Minister without Portfolio in the Office of the Prime Minister, with special responsibility for Development, James Robertson, told JIS News recently that with the new Yallahs bridge nearing completion, and work expected on the twin fords at 11 Miles (Bull Bay) and the Roselle main road, driving time to the airport would be reduced, and commercial activities in the parish would be enhanced.
The improvement works would also support the proposed citing of the e-Services Group International at the old Goodyear tyre factory in the parish, he pointed out.
“Once those three areas, which are our major challenges, are put in place, there is no reason why we should not have access to Kingston within 40 minutes,” the Minister said.