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Where's the roadwork?

Published:Monday | July 3, 2017 | 12:00 AM


This is an open letter to the National Works Agency.

In the governor general's Throne Speech for this financial year, he outlined a number of infrastructural projects to be undertaken under the auspices of the Major Infrastructure Development Programme. However, since that announcement, I've not seen much work done on Barbican Road, Hagley Park Road and Constant Spring Road (from Manor Park to Eastwood Park Road intersection).

I have traversed all of the aforementioned roads and I have seen little to no work taking place. We are a people who love announcements. However, I've found that there's not much follow-up on the actual work after these announcements are made.

This is a worrying trend, one that should be stopped dead in its tracks. We, as the taxpaying populace, want to see results in furtherance of Jamaica's Vision 2030 (which I highly doubt we will achieve).

Kingston's roads are in dire need of expansion and maintenance. The recent Mercer ranking of 153 shows that we are far from liveable city status.

I hope the authorities move with some alacrity in order to relieve the massive congestion that now dominates the city. They stifle comfort, growth and productivity.