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NWA says $460m road patching, drain cleaning and bushing programme started

Published:Thursday | December 15, 2016 | 9:36 AM

The National Works Agency (NWA) says it has begun a major road patching exercise targeting several corridors across the country.

The agency says at the same time, a separate programme is being rolled out, under which critical drains along selected corridors will be cleaned and embankments bushed.

NWA Communication Manager, Stephen Shaw, says the corridors to be targeted under these programmes are those that carry a heavy volume of traffic.

Shaw says $200 million will be spent on the patching of roads islandwide, while the drain cleaning and bushing activities will account for another $260 million.

According to Shaw, much of the activities will be completed before Christmas and Members of Parliament have been engaged to assist in having some of the work done.  

Recently, there was controversy over the implementation of a $600 million de-bushing programme which the Opposition said was only benefiting constituencies represented by Jamaica Labour Party MPs.

The Prime Minister has since halted the programme and has redirected the funds to draining cleaning.