Prime Minister Freundel Stuart today led a tour of two areas earmarked for road rehabilitation, following persistent complaints of flooding caused by drainage problems. The first stop on the walk-through, while accompanied by Minister of Works Michael Lashley and officials of the Ministry of Public Works and Transport and of C.O. Williams Construction, was at Luke’s Avenue, Bayville, St Michael, where work began a week ago on 800 metres of road.
“For some time now we’ve been having severe drainage problems here at Luke’s Avenue, and this has not only [caused] significant inconvenience to residents of Luke’s Avenue, and users of Luke’s Avenue, but it has done severe damage over time to the road itself.
“And, therefore, we’ve had to go back to the drawing board and try to come to more rational, scientific and engineering conclusions as to how best to deal with the challenges that have been posed by severe drainage problems when we’ve had, not to heavy rainfall, and more severe when we’ve had severe rainfall,” Prime Minister Stuart, the parliamentary representative for St Michael South said.
He explained that a “roll-over curb” was being installed at Luke’s Avenue to better manage the run-off water. That project is due to be completed in three weeks.
Also down to benefit from road improvements is Waterhall Land in St Michael, where work is due to begin in about two weeks and be completed by February. Member of Parliament for the St Michael Central Steve Blackett said residents in the area had been calling for relief for the six years he has been the parliamentary representative, and he was happy action was finally being taken.
“Ever since I assumed the responsibility of Member of Parliament for this area, I’ve been making a strong case for rehabilitation and repair of these roads in Waterhall Land, which consist of Roxy Avenue and Niles Road . . . and some of the adjoining avenues . I’m glad that this day has come.” Blackett said.