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Marcus Garvey Drive six per cent shy of completion

Published:Monday | February 20, 2017 | 12:00 AM
Workmen along Marcus Garvey Drive in Kingston yesterday. The six-lane road is expected to be completed at the end of March.

The US$20.5-million project to widen Marcus Garvey Drive in Kingston now stands at 94 per cent completion, and, by all current indications, is on schedule to wrap up in March.

The project, which began on March 21, 2016, is centred on the widening of the roadway, improvement of the drainage infrastructure, and installation of sidewalks.

Commenting on the progress of the works, Stephen Shaw, manager of communication and customer services at the National Works Agency (NWA), confirmed yesterday that just a few items were now outstanding.

"Items left to be ticked off have to do with lighting, such as traffic lights and street lamps, the final lift of asphalt, the markings, and the cat's eye."

On the issue of the manholes protruding way above ground, which motorists have taken issue with, Shaw reassured the public that it's as a result of the unfinished paving.

"The height of the manholes is because the final paving is yet to be done. Once the final lift of asphalt is put down, there shouldn't be a problem," he said.