Several communities in Barrett Town in St. James are to be rid of the zinc fences, which have been hindering effective policing.
The $18 million project will see the removal and substitution of 492 metres of fencing along Bottom Vietnam Road, Top Vietnam Road, Walkway linking Bottom and Top Vietnam, Saigon top side, and Vietnam Lane.
The Jamaica Social Investment Fund (JSIF), signed a financing agreement with the Barrett Town Community Development Committee Benevolent Society for the works, which will be carried out under the Zinc Fence Removal Project.
Managing Director of JSIF, Omar Sweeney, in his remarks at signing held at the agency’s head office on Oxford Road, New Kingston, said the works in Barrett Town will be undertaken over the next six to eight weeks.
Tourism Minister and Member of Parliament for East Central St. James, Hon. Edmund Bartlett, noted that the project is about building and restoring the integrity of the community of Barrett Town.
He said the infrastructure phase of the project will include resurfacing and restoration of Jenkins Corner, Saigon and Vietnam roads.
The Zinc Fence Removal Project is being undertaken through JSIF’s Integrated Community Development Project (ICDP), which is being funded through a World Bank loan.
A little over $260 million has been allocated for the removal of zinc fences in 11 communities across six parishes.