NWA says J$250m LED project still on track
Barrington Flemming, Gleaner Writer
WESTERN BUREAU:Despite failing to deliver on its promise to install new lights along Montego Bay's 'elegant corridor' for the start of the 2014-15 winter tourist season, the National Works Agency (NWA) has said the overall project, which is to have $250 million worth of LED lights installed, is still on track.
Horace Cotterell, project manager for the western region of the NWA, told The Gleaner on Monday that while they have failed to meet the tentative December 15 deadline, the overall project is very much on target to be fully ready by April 2015.
"The project is going very well," said Cotterell. "We did the trenches and, over the past four weeks, we began laying cables from the Iberostar hotel, moving inwards from there to the main entrance of the Half Moon Resort, which is approximately five kilometres of the 21-kilometre stretch to be covered under the project, which ends at the Sangster International Airport."
Cotterell further explained that the LED lights and the arch which would extend over the road as well at the poles, which are to be imported, should be in the country by the end of January.
"Following the laying of the cables, we will close the trenches and move on to the construction of the concrete foundations for the poles, which we anticipate will be finished by the end of January," said Cotterell.
He said because the lights would be installed in segments, each segment would be able to be switched on individually.
"It means that as soon as we have completed a segment, we would switch it on," said Cotterell. "That is what we had anticipated for the start of the winter season, but it failed to materialise."
The overall project will see the installation of 455 poles, with the segment from Iberostar to Sea Castle having poles with single lights on either side of the road, while the extended area from Sea Castle to the airport will see the poles with overarching (double) lights being installed in the median strip.
According to Cotterell, to date, $45 million has been spent on the project, which is being undertaken by contracting firm Y P Seaton and Associates. The NWA is the implementing agency.