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CHEC lands 2014 JIE project of the year award

Published:Sunday | December 7, 2014 | 12:00 AM
Contributed Members of China Harbour Engineering Company and The Jamaica North South highway Company Ltd are all smiles after the team was presented with the 2014 Jamaica Institution of Engineers Award for work done on the Linstead-Moneague Leg of the North South Highway.

The successful completion of the first leg of the North South Highway, the Mount Rosser Bypass, has earned China Harbour Engineering Company (CHEC) the prestigious 2014 Jamaica Institution of Engineers (JIE) Award. This is the second consecutive year that the company has been chosen as the JIE's top recipient.

Fondly referred to by Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller as the "Emancipendence" gift to Jamaica, the project was chosen by the JIE because of the significant engineering feats that were overcome.

Last year, CHEC was also selected as the winner of the award for its work on the Westmoreland Bridge connecting the towns of Richmond, Highgate and others to the Junction Road in Georgia, St Mary.

All sections of the Mount Rosser Bypass have been completed with the exception of a five-kilometre area, where work had been suspended by the previous contractor due to poor geological conditions and unstable slopes.

The US$700 million North South Highway Project is the result of an agreement between the Government and CHEC Americas Division and was negotiated on a Build-Operate-and-Transfer model.

The key features of the highway include: four lanes with an average speed limit of 80km per hour, a dual carriageway, as well as a toll plaza and service area. Lands along the highway are being considered for housing and tourism.