New Ferris to Mackfield road to be ready by May

The Ferris to Mackfield road in Westmoreland should be completed by May.

According to the National Works Agency (NWA), construction of the US$24.9-million roadway is approximately 85 per cent complete.

“So far, we have completed 10.5 kilometres of base and sub-base work … and of that amount, we have now asphalted approximately seven kilometres. So we have asphalted 3.4 kilometres from Ferris Cross to Whithorn; we have also done the 3.5 kilometre stretch from Mackfield to Haddo,” Janel Ricketts, community relations officer at the NWA’s western office, said.

Ricketts said the that new water lines are installed along a section of the roadway, which “We are now in the process of pressure testing”.

Additionally, she said drainage infrastructure installation is far advanced as “all the side drains along the asphalted sections have been completed and we have installed the necessary culverts at other sections of the roadway”.

The Ferris to Mackfield road project, which is being managed by the NWA, is intended to improve the north-south roads linking Savanna-la-Mar and Black River to Montego Bay. The project is being executed under the Government’s Major Infrastructure Development Programme.

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