$370m approved for roadworks in St James

January 23, 2018
Horace Chang
Several roads in Montego Bay, St James, we damaged due to heavy rains late last year.

Some $370 million have been approved for major infrastructural works in St James.

The money is intended to address the several roads that were badly damaged by the recent rains. It will also be used to rehabilitate sections of the road drainage system and construct kerbs.

Under the programme, the Felicity Road will be widened from the T-junction on King Street to the Norwood Holiness Church to accommodate two lanes of traffic. Work is expected to be done on the Flagstaff to Garlands Road in south St James in short order.

"I must admit that I have been traversing most of these roads almost on a daily basis and they are in pretty bad condition. The poor conditions of some of these roads make it very painful for residents and motorists to enjoy their investments in these communities," minister without portfolio in the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation and member of parliament for North Western St James, Dr Horace Chang, said.

Charles Sinclair, councillor for the Flankers division, urged the contractors to ensure that the work will be of the best quality.

"I have seen too often in this parish where roads have been fixed this month and a few months after it is riddled with gaping potholes. This is unacceptable and will not be tolerated," Sinclair said.


Roads to be fixed


The roads that will be rehabilitated are as follows:

Felicity Road to Norwood, Flower Hill to Torado Heights, Meggie Top, Rosemount to Rose Heights, Valencia Drive, Sun Valley to Norwood (Johnson Hill), Mt Salem to Upper King Street (Vernon's Drive), Fourth and Sixth streets, Bogue Hill and Home Hill to Ironshore.

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