The National Works Agency (NWA) is reporting that the Mandela Highway Realignment and Reconstruction Project is 97 per cent complete. The National Works Agency (NWA) is reporting that the Mandela Highway Realignment and Reconstruction Project is 97 per cent complete.The highway, which spans St. Andrew and St. Catherine, is a key thoroughfare that links Kingston with Jamaica’s northern, western and southern regions.Senior NWA Communications and Customer Services Officer, Ramona Lawson, told JIS News that although the roadway is open to vehicular and pedestrian traffic, corrective and tidying up works are continuing, primarily in the region of Tom Cringle Drive.“These include the construction of a roundabout for large articulated vehicles accessing locations along the roadway, as well as extending the service road east of Tom Cringle Drive to serve entities located in that area of the project. These activities will continue into the summer,” she outlined.Meanwhile, Ms. Lawson is urging persons using the highway, particularly pedestrians, to adhere to the safety guidelines.“We continue to implore pedestrians to use the overpass bridge, which is equipped with pedestrian facilities to include sidewalks, pedestrian crossings and the necessary safety signs,” she said.Ms. Lawson said the NWA has noticed, “with some trepidation”, that a number of pedestrians, including students, refuse to obey these instructions and have been attempting to cross six lanes of traffic, citing this practice as “very dangerous”.She said the agency is keen and focused on reinforcing and improving safe access to the corridor, particularly for pedestrians, while reminding motorists that the traffic signals at the crossing by the Fresh River Bridge have been decommissioned.The US$64-million Mandela Highway Realignment and Reconstruction Project involves road construction works comprising extensive soft soil treatment, construction of a 3.5-kilometre six-lane corridor with a two-lane overpass bridge, two new three-lane bridges at Fresh River, a two-lane service road adjacent to the main roadway to facilitate the development of Caymanas Estate, and upgrading of the Six Miles Interchange.The development is part of the Government’s ongoing legacy road projects being implemented by the NWA.It represents a continuation of works to improve the island’s road network in order to enhance the quality of life of citizens and stimulate economic growth and development.The project falls under the Major Infrastructure Development Programme (MIDP), and is being executed by China Harbour Engineering Company Limited (CHEC). Story Highlights Senior NWA Communications and Customer Services Officer, Ramona Lawson, told JIS News that although the roadway is open to vehicular and pedestrian traffic, corrective and tidying up works are continuing, primarily in the region of Tom Cringle Drive. The highway, which spans St. Andrew and St. Catherine, is a key thoroughfare that links Kingston with Jamaica’s northern, western and southern regions.
Story Highlights The Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) has, for the 10th year, copped the United Way of Jamaica’s (UWJ) Most Outstanding Employee-Giving Organisation Award, which it landed for 2018.The JCF received the coveted award, among other prizes, for contributing to the UWJ’s work through salary deductions from over 7,000 policemen and policewomen.The National Police College of Jamaica (NPCJ) was awarded a gold medal for being adjudged the Most Outstanding Giving Organisation.Woman Inspector Barbara Robinson, who is attached to the NPJ, received a Gold medal for being the Most Outstanding Employee Giving Coordinator, while Constables Tariq McAllister and Omar Williams were also recognised for being exemplary donors.The awards and prizes were presented during UWJ’s 2019 Nation Builders and Employees Awards ceremony, held recently at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel in New Kingston.Inspector Robinson told JIS News that the JCF’s members are seized of the need to give back, noting that “they have been responding to the call… and have contributed well”.“United Way of Jamaica does excellent work in the communities… [in particular] they have contributed significantly to early childhood education,” she said, while encouraging other groups and individuals to assist the organisation.Dr. Robert Chen, who, again, got the award for Highest Individual Donor, said his unwavering dedication to supporting the UWJ for over 10 years is in keeping with a family tradition to give, while emphasising the need for more people to do likewise.“We didn’t get here by ourselves… people helped us to get here. So you have to give back. If we give more, it will benefit Jamaica in every way,” he told JIS News.Carreras Limited received the award for the Highest Corporate Donor, and the company’s Finance Director, Janene Shaw, said she anticipates an ongoing and fruitful successful partnership, “as we continue to support the United Way in its operations, particularly in nation-building”.In lauding United Way, Director for Sector Support at the Early Childhood Commission (ECC), Nordia Seymour Hall, said, in recent years, the organisation has helped to train over 390 teachers across 80 early-childhood institutions (ECIs), improved safety at 56 schools in nine parishes, and provided grant funding for six of the most at-risk ECIs in five parishes.Meanwhile, guest speaker, and British High Commissioner to Jamaica, His Excellency Asif Ahmad, said UWJ is making a “real difference” to people in need.He described the organisation as “good people doing good things’, adding that the contributions of civic-minded persons and organisations enable United Way “to do far more than what each of us as individuals could achieve”.Meanwhile, UWJ Chair, Dr. Marcia Forbes, said the organisation’s primary focus is providing funding support for projects that will “enhance the development of communities in Jamaica and better the lives of people who live or work in those communities”.She indicated that the UWJ, which supports at-risk youth in several communities, is looking to establish a homework centre at its offices in downtown Kingston as also stage fund-raising events to offset some of the operational costs.A donor management system is also being developed to improve coordination with contributors. The National Police College of Jamaica (NPCJ) was awarded a Gold medal for being adjudged the Most Outstanding Giving Organisation. The Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) has, for the 10th year, copped the United Way of Jamaica’s (UWJ) Most Outstanding Employee-Giving Organisation Award, which it landed for 2018. The JCF received the coveted award, among other prizes, for contributing to the UWJ’s work through salary deductions from over 7,000 policemen and women.