Government is now ready to take its multi-million-dollar road rehabilitation programme to the north to provide relief for residents who have had to contend with poor road conditions for several years.
And MP for the St Lucy Denis Kellman, who toured Josey Hill and Lamberts along with Minister of Transport and Works Michael Lashley and other ministry officials today, said it was long overdue.
In welcoming the road works, he said they would alleviate some of the challenges that residents have been facing.
“I am glad that we have tackled this issue. As you know, we have been speaking about these roads in the north of the island for a very long time and the reason why it was not done before was because of the cost of doing it. The minister and the Cabinet of Barbados have been able to find cheaper funds and that is why we are in the process now of launching this programme,” Kellman said.
“We are extremely grateful to be counted in because . . . previously $35 million in work was to be done in St Lucy some years back but we have not seen any of that money so we look forward to this project.”
The road works are part of the second phase of Government’s $6.5 million project. St Michael, St George, Christ Church and St Philip are also benefitting from the programme.
Lashley acknowledged the poor state of the roads in St Lucy and said more emphasis needed to be placed on rehabilitation and development.
“I have [heard from] not only the MP, but also from residents in this areas and resident of St Lucy [who] have complained bitterly about the condition of the roads. I am duty bound as minister to do what is necessary once the funds are available. We have funds available. I believe the contractual documents, they have already been provided, we have signed so it just a matter of timing and phasing this work,” he said.
He said further work in St Lucy would also be included if Government succeeds in its attempt to secure a further $140 million from the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB).
Construction and rehabilitation work are expected to be completed in another six months by contractors INFRA Inc.
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