JAM | May 11, 2023

NWA to oil roads in West Portland to address dust issue

Tamoy Ashman

Tamoy Ashman / Our Today

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Energy Minister and West Portland MP, Daryl Vaz. (Photo: JIS)

Member of Parliament for West Portland, Daryl Vaz said that the National Works Agency (NWA) will oil the roads in the constituency to control the dust issue caused by road construction that is affecting communities.

Residents in the area have long complained about the dust issue that is affecting their day-to-day lives. As a temporary solution, roads were wet to control the dust, but that method was deemed ineffective.

“I have witnessed the water trucks wetting the road and I’ve timed it. Less than 15 minutes, with the drought and the heat that we are experiencing, that road becomes dusty and dirty again. So that can’t work anymore.

“As a result, I have made representation to the NWA, and they have agreed that despite the fact that the road is not ready for paving we will oil the roads immediately, said Vaz. So it means that we will have to oil them twice. Oil them now to suppress the dust and oil them again when we are preparing for final paving,” said Vaz.

Road work almost complete

The Minister was speaking at a post Cabinet press briefing yesterday (May 10) where he also shared that the road contructions are almost complete.

“Two phases have already been completed and the two that are causing the problem now are scheduled to be completed by October this year and the final two are going to be issued by June for completion by the end of 2024,” said the member of Parliament.

He added that residents will also benefit from infrastructure such as drainage, retaining walls, utility conduits, water and sewage.


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