Obama repairs? Jamaican Government announces Major Road Repair programme two weeks ahead of US president’s visit
Dear President Barack Obama, the entire Jamaican population is asking please if you could visit Jamaica more often, that way the country would be pot-hole free. Obviously, your visit to Jamaica has direct benefits to the country’s infrastructure development. In fact, these road repair projects are completed ahead of schedule with no construction over run.
Almost two weeks before United States President Barack Obama is scheduled to visit the island, the Government has rolled out a major road repaving programme across sections of the Corporate Area, Hype Life Magazine has witnessed.
Reports are that the project covers much of the route Obama is expected to travel during his short visit.
The National Works Agency (NWA) insisted yesterday that the timing of the ‘special works programme’ could just be “a coincidence”.
In addition, Shaw could not say how much money had been provided to repave the selected roadways or which government agency would provide financing.
“I don’t know anything about Mr Obama’s schedule … It could just be a coincidence,” said NWA Communications Manager Stephen Shaw.
“I can’t say what the funding arrangement is. Usually these projects are funded through the Road Maintenance Fund or through a special allocation from GOJ [Government of Jamaica],” he sought to explain.
The NWA communications manager revealed that he was informed about the project last Tuesday, but cautioned that “it might have been in the works for weeks”.
“We had concerns about the bumpy surfaces in many of those areas that we are targeting. So we had them on our things-to-do list,” Shaw insisted.
Yesterday, the NWA announced that under the special works programme its contractors will be repaving several roadways. Among them is the corridor between the Harbour View roundabout and Sir Florizel Glasspole Highway in east Kingston.
In a statement yesterday, the NWA said other roadways to be repaved include Marescaux Road, Heroes Circle, Caledonia Avenue and Mona Road, between the post office and the main gate to the UWI, as well as the intersection of Oxford Road and Old Hope Road. The Oxford Road/Knutsford Boulevard intersection will also be done, as well as the section of Mona Road, between the post office and main gate to the UWI.
Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller announced in Parliament earlier this month [March] that Obama is scheduled to arrive in Kingston on April 9 for an official state visit, during which he will hold bilateral discussions on a range of issues of mutual interest.
The US president is also expected to address a group of students at the University of the West Indies (UWI).