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MoBay bypass needed urgently - St James business community

Published:Friday | January 22, 2016 | 9:57 AM

President of the Montego Bay Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Gloria Henry, says construction of the much-needed Montego Bay bypass needs to be fast-tracked.

Pointing to the expectation of billions of dollars in investment for Montego Bay over the next five years, Henry told The Gleaner that the bypass is now a priority for stakeholders.

According to her, the roads in the parish are not up to world standard and tourists have to be waiting for very long periods in traffic.

During a meeting held to discuss the matter last year, Minister of Transport and Works, Dr Omar Davies, promised to conduct a feasibility study on the proposed development road as he prefers to call it.

There is still no word on the result of that analysis.

Currently, motorists travelling through Montego Bay are forced to endure long periods of bumper-to-bumper traffic along the Howard Cooke Boulevard and the alternate route, which takes them through the heart of the commercial district. 

Several routes have been proposed over the years, including one which starts at Falmouth, in Trelawny and goes through Wakefield and Adelphi to Bogue, in St James.