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Gov't seeking funding for two major road projects

Published:Monday | August 24, 2015 | 3:43 PM
Simpson Miller says the Government is proceeding with plans for a highway along the south coast to link the Portmore, Old Harbour and Spanish Town segments of Highway 2000

Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller says the government is now holding discussions with international funding agencies for two major road projects which will improve transportation along the Jamaica’s south coast.

She made the disclosure in this week’s ‘Ask Your Prime Minister’ in The STAR newspaper as she sought to assure that the roads along the island’s south coast are not being neglected by the Government.

One writer had noted that while other road networks across the island were being improved, the main roads along the south coast have been seemingly abandoned by the Government.

However, Simpson Miller says the Government is proceeding with plans for a highway along the south coast to link the Portmore, Old Harbour and Spanish Town segments of Highway 2000.

She also says the works ministry recently did a feasibility study and preliminary design to improve the road from Harbour View, St Andrew, to Port Antonio, Portland and from Negril, Westmoreland to Mandeville, Manchester.

She says the proposed roadway between Harbour View and Port Antonio includes 64 per cent of new construction and the Government is aiming to begin work along a 42 kilometer segment between Harbour View and Morant Bay in the 2016/2017 financial year.

The Prime Minister notes that 37 per cent of the roadway from Negril to Mandeville will involve the construction of a new roadway bypassing Savanna-la-Mar, Black River, Santa Cruz and Spur Tree Hill.

But she says in the meantime the National Works Agency is doing major rehabilitation work along several main roads in Westmoreland.