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Northern Clarendon residents complain about dust nuisance as $1.3b road project continues

Published:Thursday | April 7, 2016 | 4:04 PM

The $1.3-billion road rehabilitation project being carried out in a section of northern Clarendon continues to cause major inconvenience for residents, commuters and taxi operators.

The residents say the dust nuisance is affecting their health causing them to be constantly finding huge sums for doctors’ bills and medication.

One resident who said she has six children says she has lost count of the amount of money she has spent since the project began 18 months ago.

Other issues affecting the residents are the thick clouds of dust that settle on their clothes on laundry days.

Their water supply has also been turned off to facilitate pipe laying.

Residents also fear for their safety because loose rocks from the excavation can be seen along some sections of the hillsides.

Project Manager Anthony Matheson of General Paving Company says that problem will be eradicated as soon as the paving portion of the work begins.

He says they are working to have the pipes laid so that the paving can be done.

The 22.5 kilometers of roadway from Sour Sop Turn to Trout Hall was scheduled to be completed in March this year, but has been pushed back to June because of delays in the rehabilitation work.