Thu | Feb 20, 2020

Gov’t to pour $13b into kicking off South Coast Highway

Published:Thursday | February 13, 2020 | 12:24 AM

The Government of Jamaica is expecting to spend nearly $13 billion to complete 20 per cent of the Harbour View to Yallahs Bridge leg of the Southern Coastal Highway while finalising detailed designs for the entire thoroughfare in the 2020-21 fiscal year.

Examination of the 2020-21 Estimates of Expenditure also indicates that some of $12.9 billion allocated to the Southern Coastal Highway Improvement Project will be used to complete the designs and commence road construction works on the May Pen, Clarendon, to Williamsfield, Manchester leg, with the goal of achieving 45 per cent completion.

The acquisition of land and gaining access to 100 per cent of the required parcels along the May Pen to Williamsfield Road alignment will also continue during the next fiscal year, beginning April 1.

No new timeline has been indicated in the Budget for the project, which was originally projected to last from January 2017 to 2020.

At the same time, the Holness administration also intends to commence road construction works on the Montego Bay bypass, achieving 15 per cent completion.

The Government also anticipates that it will commence and complete land acquisition and utility relocation activities up to 18 per cent and 10 per cent, respectively, for the upcoming fiscal year.

Also in the Second City, the Government is expecting to complete, on schedule, the Montego Bay Close Harbour Park, which spans 6.5 hectares (16 acres) with recreational amenities, by the end of the next fiscal year.

nickoy.wilson@gleanerjm.com