CDB funds road rehabilitation in North East St. Catherine, Jamaica

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Ryan Bourne (second left), general manager, procurement, Jamaica Social Investment Fund, presents a copy of the contract to rehabilitate the China Street to Jubilee Town roadway to Desrine Walker, president, China Street/Jubilee Town Development Association. Sharing the moment are Gregory Mair, member of parliament, North East St Catherine, Clover Walker (second right), secretary and Jeneve Mundell, treasurer, China Street/Jubilee Town Development Association. The Caribbean Development Bank is providing $25,544,600 for the rehabilitation of the China Street to Jubilee Town road rehabilitation in North East St Catherine which will benefit the residents of China Street/Jubilee Town and adjoining communities. The work will be carried out under the auspices of the Jamaica Social Investment Fund (JSIF) Com-munity Investment Project and the total cost is projected at $27.2 million. The remaining $1,665,000 will be contributed by the community. Work on the two kilometres of roadway, slated to begin soon, will be done by Dwight Construction Limited. This includes Construction of cross drains, u-drains, and v-drains. Additionally, rubble walls will be erected where necessary. The project is expected to be completed by the end of March 2013. "This road was in an advanced state of deterioration and had not had repairs done in over 40 years," Ryan Bourne, general manager, procurement, JSIF, read as he delivered greetings from the managing director, Scarlette Gillings, at the signing ceremony at Jubilee Town Pentecostal Church recently. Gillings said upon completion more than 600 residents will see improvement in their quality of life in several areas. ". The collection of cocoa is the dominant crop in this community, with 32,200 kilograms produced per annum. This is timely as Government moves to make the cocoa industry more profitable. There will be expansion in production of crops and livestock, as these will be easily transported from farms to markets," she noted. Gregory Mair, member of parliament, lauded JSIF for its professionalism and continued support to improve the quality of life in communities across the country. He implored the citizens to take ownership of the roadway when completed and ensure that the drains are free from clogging. Businesswoman and treasurer, China Street/Jubilee Town Development Association, Jeneve Mundell, was elated. "I am extremely happy, because I am living in the area for 50 years, and from I know this road, is the same condition, it's very, very bad. When the work is completed, it will make it much easier for residents, especially farmers and business people, because I have a transport and right now I have to be buying parts almost every six months." Photograph and additional quotes taken from the Jamaica Gleaner

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