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JCC welcomes revised plan for South Coast highway

Published:Monday | June 20, 2016 | 5:16 PM
File photo shows the north-south leg of Highway 2000.

The Government is receiving support from a powerful private sector entity for its decision to scale down the plans for the South Coast highway.

The Jamaica Chamber of Commerce (JCC) has described the government's new plan as cost effective.

The highway was proposed under the previous People’s National Party administration which planned to build a roadway from Harbour view to Morant Bay at a cost of some US$500 million.

However, last week Prime Minister Andrew Holness announced that the government would instead use US$326.5 million to build a roadway from Harbour View to Bull Bay and do road improvements to the rest of the road network.

In an interview with The Gleaner/Power 106 News Centre this afternoon, JCC president, Warren McDonald, said it would be ideal to have a highway in St Thomas that would open the parish to economic opportunities.

However, McDonald says the government's revised plan is cost effective and will still benefit St Thomas.


JCC presidet Warren McDonald

McDonald says with the cheaper roadway, Jamaica would be getting value for money, especially since the country is struggling to pay debts and grow the economy.

Last week, Holness said there will be a four-lane highway from Harbour View to Bull Bay while the road network from Bull Bay to Morant Bay will be upgraded.

He said the corridor from Morant Bay to Port Antonio will also be upgraded as well as the thoroughfare from Morant Bay to Cedar Valley.