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The Ministry of Local Government and Community Development, in partnership with the Ministry of Finance and Planning, signed a contract with the Government of Mexico for the construction of the Riverton City Access Road. The official signing ceremony was held at the Ministry of Local Government and Community Development earlier today.

In late 2013, the Ministry was made aware of a facility operated by the Mexican Government, which addresses Infrastructure Development in Caribbean and Latin American countries. The facility is the Infrastructure Fund for Meso America and the Caribbean, and forms part of what is referred to as the Yucatan Agreement.

The Government of Jamaica, through the Ministry of Local Government and Community Development, and the Ministry of Finance and Planning applied to the Fund and received notification of approval earlier this year.

At the contract signing ceremony, Minister of Local Government and Community Development, Honorable Noel Arscott, highlighted that the construction of the concrete access road is very critical to improving the operations of the National Solid Waste Management Authority (NSWMA), ‘This is central to the NSWMA’s Strategic Business and Operational Plans, which will be rolled out over the next three (3) years. The construction of the access road will complement some of the activities that have already been implemented, which include the covering of the Riverton Site, the re-establishment of tipping cells, and the installation of fire suppression equipment’.

The contract is valued at US$1.8 million, and this will be spent to repair approximately 2 kilometers of roadway. The scope of work involves the preparation of the existing road base to acceptable standards, relocation of public utilities, where applicable; including construction of:

? drains along the roadway

? concrete pavement

? sidewalks

? concrete drains

These works will be done based on international standards. The project is expected to begin this month, with completion scheduled for the next twelve (12) months.  The Mexican Government has engaged the United Nations Office of Professional Services (UNOPS) to provide Project Management and Supervision services.