Roads in ruin : Omealie roads on brink of collapse

March 24, 2017
Residents of Omealie in St Catherine want their road to be repaired and for this breakaway to be fixed.
Residents of Omealie in St Catherine want their road to be repaired and for this breakaway to be fixed.
Residents of Omealie in St Catherine want their road to be repaired and for this breakaway to be fixed.
Roojae Kirlew
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A call by residents of Omealie in St Catherine for repairs to be done to a section of the roadway has gone unheard. The residents say they risk being marooned in their community of corrective works are not done to a section to the road where there is a breakaway. They want their political representatives to act.

WHO IS RESPONSIBLE?

Leslie Campbell is the Member of Parliament for North East St Catherine where Omealie falls. Campbell is the first time MP. Omealie is part of the Mount Industry division which is represented by Roojae Kirlew.

WHAT IS GOING TO BE DONE?

"I have made representation at the parish council for a metal bridge to be put in instead of building a retaining wall which from preliminary estimates will cost much more that the bridge. In the meantime, I will be meeting with the residents next Wednesday to work with them on other measures while we await the go ahead to put in the bridge," " councillor Roogae Kirlew said.

"We did our best, as a community, when we come together and repair this section," said Sheldon Grant, a taxi operator pointing to the section of the retaining wall that was constructed with cut stoned.

"The road is very bad and the retaining wall must be completed to prevent further breakaways," Everton Edwards, a businessman, said.

DID YOU KNOW?

Approximately $100 million is being spent by the National Works Agency (NWA) to patch several corridors in St. Catherine, Kingston, St. Andrew and St. Thomas. The programme targets just under 36,000 square meters of road. Some 16 corridors in St. Catherine will benefit under this round of patching. Among the roads that will be patched are the stretch from Spanish Town to Bamboo, Church Road to Knollis, Bamboo to Worthy Park and Vanity Fair to Bermady.

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