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Gov't to repair roads damaged by recent rains

Published:Wednesday | November 15, 2017 | 12:42 PMJerome Reynolds

Prime Minister Andrew Holness says the government will be embarking on a programme to repair roads that have been damaged by the ongoing rains.

The island has been experiencing almost daily rainfall for the past three to four weeks, which has caused potholes and other damage to the road infrastructure. 

Prime Minister Holness told Parliament yesterday that he has asked the National Works Agency for an assessment.

He said money to undertake the repairs will be included in the supplementary estimates, which he said will be tabled in the House of Representatives next Tuesday by Finance Minister Audley Shaw.

The prime minister said members of Parliament will be engaged in the road repair programme.


Prime Minister Andrew Holness

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Holness told Jamaicans who have been demonstrating over poor roads in their communities to find alternative means to engage the government on the matter.

In recent weeks, residents in some communities in St Thomas, Clarendon, St James, Westmoreland, and St Catherine mounted massive roadblocks to press their demands for better roads.  

Holness said these street protests do more harm than good.


Prime Minister Andrew Holness

The prime minister was speaking during a debate on an act to repeal the Road Maintenance Fund.

He disclosed that the fund has so far this year spent $400 million on road patching, $400 million on road rehabilitation, $100 million on traffic lights and $300 million on drain mitigation.

The act was passed.