While expressing gratitude for the proposed plans by the National Works Agency (NWA) to address some of the roadways affected by recent heavy rains and flooding, Member of Parliament (MP) for Northern Trelawny, Victor Wright, wants more to be done to deal with the road issues in the parish.
The first time MP, speaking on the backdrop that a number of roadways in Trelawny have been in poor conditions for extended periods of time, even before the rains, highlighted that coming out of planned expenditure, Trelawny is set to benefit from work totaling 35 million dollars, which he deems a drop in the bucket. “Our highest impact road, the Wakefield to Springvale alone, requires about 700 million dollars, but we have only gotten 15 million to patch,” he pointed out.
He explained that while he understands about natural disasters and their effects, he wants the government to respond in more fulsome ways and for the NWA to lobby more on behalf of the roads in the parish. “While we have been having unusual rainfall since October, the problem predates October and I’m just calling for the necessary attention to address the problem,” he lamented. He also pointed out that Trelawny is one of the worst-affected following the adverse weather conditions, and that he would want the government to look at the parish in a non-partisan way and put in the requisite resources to get the problems fixed.
At this point, the tendering process is now completed and they are in the selection aspect of the planned programme, which he expects to start pretty soon. In addition to the previously mentioned work, the overall scope of work will see 10 million dollars being used to deal with the roadway from Wakefield to Hampden, 4.6 million dollars from Salt Marsh to Kent, and a pre-existing 6 million dollars that will be spent on the Granville to Wakefield road.
This initiative is part of a wider scope of work which is expected to cover 15 corridors in seven parishes that have been significantly impacted by flood rains, since last year April. According to information coming out of the NWA, contracts valued at over 220 million dollars were approved recently for the works to be undertaken. The NWA is currently going through the procurement process for several other projects that will be implemented under a revised Capital A programme, valued at a total of $1.3 billion.