There are several major road improvement project projects now underway in the parish of St. James. These projects are being completed under the Jamaica Development Infrastructure Programme (JDIP) at a cost of approximately $1.3 billion.
According to the National Works Agency (NWA), twenty seven roadways have been indentified for attention under the first phase of the five year JDIP.
To date, sixteen roadways have benefitted from the periodic maintenance aspect of the contract. This involves the patching and local rehabilitation of selected corridors. Among the roadways which have been targeted are the Southern Cross Boulevard, roadways in the Pitfour Housing Scheme, and the Barnett Street in the parish.
Additionally, eleven roadways are currently being completely rehabilitated. These include the Kings Street to Cornwall Courts thoroughfare, the Johns Hall roadway, the Queens Drive and the stretch from Granville to Retirement in St. James.
These road rehabilitation projects involve the reshaping and resurfacing of roadways as well as the construction of drainage devices, retaining walls and bridges. The works also involves the bushing of roadways, the trimming of overhanging trees and drain cleaning.
The projects are expected to be completed within the next ten months.