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Road rehab on hold, awaits funding

Published:Saturday | April 9, 2016 | 4:00 AM

Road rehab on hold, awaits funding

The road rehabilitation project in Arcadia, St Thomas, which began late last year, has been put on hold due to a delay in the promised funding.

While on a tour of the area earlier this year, former Minister of Local Government and Community Development Noel Arscott revealed that approximately $18 million would be allocated to cover the scope of work being done - three kilometres of road rehabilitation. This included construction of drainage systems, retaining walls, and double-surface dressings.

Huel Jackson, superintendent of the St Thomas Parish Council, told The Gleaner that, so far, they have completed an estimated 1.5km of road rehabilitation, including drains, surface dressing and asphaltic concrete paving, and are now awaiting additional funds from the promised budget to complete the project.

"We have been in dialogue with the ministry, but have not heard from them concerning the outstanding balance. We've only received two allotments of the funding and have completed the work based on that. We submitted a progress report and also made them aware of the outstanding balance, so now we wait," he said, adding that approximately 25 per cent of the work is left to be done.

The project was originally slated to be completed by the end of March this year.