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May 19, 2014
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Port Antonio drainage project deadline extended
Gareth Davis, STAR Writer


Work being carried out by Vinci Construction workmen on William Street in Port Antonio. - Gareth Davis

Work on the $1.8-billion water, drainage, and sewerage project in Port Antonio being undertaken by Vinci Construction Company, which is scheduled for completion in September, has been extended for three months.

Project manager of Vinci Construction, Vincent Montillion, explained that the extension to the project is automatic at this time, as the scope of work will definitely bring the technical and other work crews into December.

no extra cost

"This will be done at no extra cost, and, therefore, there will be no cost overrun," he said. "We have been asked to do some additional work, including the removal of asbestos pipes, which would require additional time. This will also result in additional persons (local residents) benefiting from employment, based on the extension. We continue to appeal to residents to observe the warning and safety signs, so as to ensure that the project is completed without any incident or cause damage to anyone."

Montillion said the actual work, which started in July last year on Titchfield Hill, is going on in earnest with work taking place along other corridors, including West Street, William Street, Harbour Street, Bridge Street, Manning Avenue, and Allan Avenue, and has been without incident thus far.

And despite the heavy rainfall, Montillion noted that the work is on schedule, and that great care has been taken to ensure that pedestrians, motorists and business operators are able to carry out their normal duties amid the construction.

"An incident on May 2, which resulted in the left leg of an elderly woman being trapped in an iron grille covering, had nothing to do with our ongoing construction. That incident, however, despite it having no bearing on us, is an indication that residents need to adhere to the safety regulations, warning signs, and bulletins issued by us, so as to guarantee their own safety."

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