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Jamaica: Construction on South Coast Highway to resume following protest by residents

Following a protest by residents in the district of Redberry, near Porus in Manchester who say they continue to suffer inconveniences caused by construction on the South Coast Highway, work on the project is expected to resume today.

Safety Officer at China Harbour Engineering Company (CHEC), Valton Simpson, said a meeting was held with residents on Tuesday and the issues have been addressed.

Not only were the residents denouncing what they deem as a reckless disregard for their well being but called for the authorities to address the damage done to their houses.

“I find myself getting up at 4:00 am each morning due to the fact that they have this work going on. My house is cracking up…people think we don’t want progress. We are not against the motorway, but at what cost,” said returning resident Stephen Griffiths.

Griffiths, who built his retirement house approximately five years ago, is now just meters away from roads being cleared for the highway.

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