Retaining walls, drains benefit from $30-m repairs in East Rural St Andrew

KINGSTON, Jamaica – The restoration of multiple retaining walls and repairs to drainage systems on roads serving nine communities in East Rural St. Andrew are currently underway for $ 30 million.

This is in preparation for a major road rehabilitation project to be undertaken by the Jamaica Social Investment Fund (JSIF) for Robertsfield to Davis Hill and Mount Hybla roads at a cost of $ 75,000.

According to Juliet Holness, Member of Parliament for the area, upgrading the roads will put farmers in a better position to “get their produce to buyers” and provide a smoother road surface for motorists.

“If another road is impassable, it now gives more people an opportunity to find their way,” Holness told JIS News in an interview.

She noted that once the restoration work is complete, “we will move on to the JSIF element of the road project,” a paved road that will serve hundreds of residents in the various parishes.

“When we have a landslide, very often people cannot get home for two to four days, and we are now in a place where the road infrastructure has improved so that we have alternative roads that we use when We can have one of the many landslides, ”she said.

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