$90M road project ongoing at Mahaicony Branch Road
The Force Account Unit of the Ministry of Public Works and Communications is currently constructing six miles of road at Mahaicony, Region Five.
The $90M project is being executed to continue enhancement works of the Mahaicony Branch Road which services approximately 500 farmers and residents.
According to Joel Tucker, Head of the Force Account Unit, the project commenced towards the end of September 2010 and it is 30 percent completed. He posited that the project is scheduled to conclude in July 2011. It was noted that the project was delayed owing to heavy rainfall and flooding in the area.
“To date approximately $60M has been expended and majority of it went into the procurement of material,” Tucker stated.
The scope of the works include excavation, sand fill, and loam surface to six miles of road with a width of 12 feet, and the construction of shoulders and culverts along the road. Current works in progress are: placing and compacting of sub-base and base to required grades, installation of 3 culverts; preparatory works for revetment works at first main canal; and completion of 3000 ft shoulder white sand fill.When the project is completed it will add to the 6.5 miles of asphalted road which was completed in January 2010 at a cost of $175M.