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$40m allocated to kick off Southern Coastal Highway Improvement Project

Published:Friday | April 15, 2016 | 1:17 PM

The Andrew Holness-led government is pressing ahead with the Southern Coastal Highway Improvement Project.

The project was announced by the previous People’s National Party administration last year December.

The government has allocated $40 million in the Estimates of Expenditure to begin preparatory work on the project.

The document explains that the money is to be used to commence surveys to identify parcels of lands to be acquired for road work, for an Environment Impact Assessment and for any necessary review of design.

It did not indicate a timeline for when they are to be done.

In announcing the project, the previous government said the highway, which is to be constructed in two phases, would run from Harbour View in St Andrew to Port Antonio in Portland.

The PNP administration also announced that a section of the highway will be constructed to accommodate four lanes and major structures are to be built, including 16 bridges, one flyover, one subway, along with new pipe and box culverts.