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March 24, 2014
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Rocky Point main road rehabilitation under way

An asphalting truck preparing to pour asphalt on the Rocky Point main road, which is undergoing rehabilitation work. - Horace Fisher

Long-suffering, restive Rocky Point residents can now breathe a collective sigh of relief after work finally got under way on segment one of the long-awaited $86-million road rehabilitation programme in Rocky Point, Clarendon, on Friday.

South East Clarendon Member of Parliament Rudyard Spencer said he has been agitating for the improvement of the road for a long time and now that the project is finally under way, it's like Christmas in March for him.

"This is like Christmas in March for me," he declared, as he surveyed a convoy of heavy-duty machinery spreading aggregate on the roadway in preparation for asphalting.

The MP said that the initial scope of work will see the paving, sanding and oiling of some 1.2 kilometres of roadway, before asphalt is added. He said the Road Maintenance Fund (RMF) put up $8m and the Jamaica Emergency Employment Programme (JEEP) will allocate an additional $10m.

"We didn't want the project to wait until the entire $86 million was in place, so we started off with $8m from the RMF and my $10m JEEP allocation that I signed off on Wednesday so as to get the project off the ground," MP Spencer said.

Junior minister in the Ministry of Transport, Work and Housing, Richard Azan, who led the tour of the Rocky Point road upgrading project, cautioned that additional funds will have to be sourced to complete the project.

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