Communications Manager at the National Works Agency, Stephen Shaw, says patching work is to start soon on sections of roadway in St. Thomas and Portland which have been the scene of major protests since Monday.

Transport operators withdrew their services for two days over the poor state of the roads.

Speaking on Nationwide at Five last evening, Mr. Shaw blamed limited finances as the main reason for not repairing the roadway sooner.

He says in the long term, the Southern Coastal Highway Improvement project should address the plight of residents and transport operators.

However, he says some work will be done in the interim.

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He says work on the Portland side of the corridor could begin by the end of the week if there is no rain.

He also announced that the NWA has received an allocation from the Road Maintenance Fund to carry out road patching across all parishes.

Classes at several schools in Portland and St. Thomas were cancelled yesterday as a result of the protest by taxi operators.

They used large boulders, tree branches and other debris to block roadways leading to Long Top, Amity Hall, Fair Prospect in Portland; and Hordley Crossing, Seaforth, and Hector’s River in St. Thomas.

Only two students turned up for classes at the Happy Grove High School yesterday.