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Chamber of Commerce, TEF repair roads in Negril

Thursday, May 10, 2018

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NEGRIL, Westmoreland — The Tourism Enhancement Fund (TEF) recently partnered with the Negril Chamber of Commerce (NCC) to undertake a $1.2-million road repair project in the resort town.

“We fixed all the trenches that were dug for the cameras, and all the potholes on the West End road, and we had a little extra money left over, so we managed to fix some dangerous potholes on the Norman Manley Boulevard,” explained Sophia Grizzle Roumel, treasurer of the chamber.

The NCC had lobbied Dr Carey Wallace, the executive director of the TEF for funding for the project in February, after failed attempts to have the roads repaired through other government agencies.

Funds were disbursed in March, shortly after which time the project commenced.

Grizzle Roumel stressed that sections of the roads in the town were in a deplorable state prior to the rehabilitation exercise.

“When they dug the trenches across the road (for the installation of public security cameras), a lot of vehicles, the motorcycles and bicycles especially were involved in accidents, and there were many near accidents because for some unknown reason, when they hit the trenches it sent them off balance. And then there were a lot of potholes by the school (Negril All-Age), and there was a big fear that a car might swerve from one of these potholes ...ending up hitting a child,” said Grizzle Roumel.

According to the NCC, the project was executed “within a short time period and well within budget”.

“This little project demonstrates how the Negril Chamber of Commerce continuously strives for the best for their citizens and works with local contractors efficiently, as well as highlighting how the TEF and the NCC can work together for the betterment of the Negril community,” the NCC added.

The chamber further pointed out that the it will continue to lobby for funding for other projects, such as the implementation of better sidewalks, funding for a fruit and vegetable market, the development of the public beach park, and increased road safety measures on West End and the Norman Manley Boulevard, both in Negril.

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