Tue | Dec 12, 2017

NWA to undertake $1.7b road rehabilitation works islandwide

Published:Wednesday | November 22, 2017 | 12:00 AM
Residents of New Haven in St Andrew are living in virtual hell because of the excuse for roads in the community. This is Edge Way Road, with beautiful houses and a dirt track for a road.
Residents of Hampton Green in Spanish Town have difficulty traversing roads in the community daily. The situation gets worse whenever it rains.
Protesting the many large potholes that motorists have to navigate heading to and from Seaview Gardens.
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The National Works Agency (NWA) is to spend another $1.7 billion to rehabilitate roadways across the island.

According to manager of communication and customer services at the NWA, Stephen Shaw, some 21 roadways in seven parishes will be given attention under the second phase of the local component of the Major Infrastructure Development Programme (MIDP).

Among the projects that have already been approved are Comfort Hall to Wire Fence in Trelawny; Coleyville main road in Manchester; and Naggo Head main road in St Catherine, which are three of the larger road rehabilitation projects that will be undertaken, in addition to Springfield to Pisgah in St Elizabeth, and McNie to Douglas Castle in Clarendon.

The scope of works on the projects will include drainage improvement, the construction of retaining walls, laying of new base and paving with asphaltic concrete. Work on the projects is expected to get under way by Christmas.

The NWA is also now working to procure another 40 projects under the Local Component of the MIDP.

NWA urges caution as some roadways reduced to single lane due to landslides

The National Works Agency (NWA) is urging motorists to proceed with caution along some roadways in Portland and St Andrew, which have been impacted by landslides following heavy weekend rains.

Communication and Customer Services Manager at the NWA Stephen Shaw says a team has been deployed to clear landslides along the Breastworks to Windsor corridor in Portland, which has been reduced to single-lane traffic in the vicinity of Tom's Hope.

He adds that the Guava Ridge to Silver Hill Gap roadway in St Andrew, which was rendered impassable by landslides on the weekend, has now been reopened to single-lane traffic.

Shaw, however, warns that the area continues to be unstable and urges motorists to be on the lookout for more earth movements. As such, the NWA is advising motorists travelling towards Silver Hill Gap in St Andrew to use the Newcastle Road as an alternative route.