Jamaica Faces Estimated $2 Billion Road Repairs Bill

The preliminary estimate of the damage to Jamaica’s roads following the recent heavy rains has escalated to almost $2 billion.

Prime Minister Andrew Holness unveiled the price tag late Tuesday afternoon during an address to the House of Representatives.

Mr. Holness said the figure covers road clearance, drain cleaning, creating access and patching, but does not include the cost of permanent repairs or major rehabilitation.

“So, this $2 billion would only cover what would be needed, for example, to clear the Gorge or the roadways that have been made impassable, to clear certain landslides and land slippage, to patch certain roads to allow for the smooth flow of traffic and to undertake clearing up drains and gullies and so forth. But if there were, for example, a collapsed bridge or a collapsed road, that would not be within this $2 billion amount,” he explained, even as he warned “the estimate will rise significantly.”  

The Prime Minister said $1 billion will be allocated shortly to begin the rehabilitation of damaged roads.

Nigel Bell Readers Bureau, Contributor

Edited by Jesus Chan

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