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'Bypass a critical imperative'

Published:Saturday | June 18, 2016 | 12:00 AM

Traffic congestion leading into Montego Bay should be eased soon following the Government's commitment to building a bypass estimated to cost US$200 million, Minister of Finance and Public Service Audley Shaw announced at a Montego Bay Chamber of Commerce and Industry luncheon held at the Montego Bay Convention Centre in Rose Hall, St James, on Wednesday.

"I am pleased to advise that Prime Minister Andrew Holness has taken an active interest in this bypass. Rest assured that you have the commitment of the Government," Shaw told the members.

The Montego Bay Chamber of Commerce and other lobby groups have been pushing for the bypass to ease the traffic congestion plaguing the resort city.

Chamber president Gloria Henry said the bypass is "a critical imperative" and failure to construct and prioritise will "stifle the growth of Montego Bay and hamper the expansion of the tourist industry".

"It will provide an alternative route for access to Sangster International Airport and for the more than three million tourists that come via that airport annually and stay in northeast and western resorts," she explained.

Henry said the bypass will allow more efficient movement in and around the city.