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Gov't announces more changes for South Coast highway project

Published:Wednesday | July 6, 2016 | 7:54 PM
Warmington: The original proposal for a four-lane highway from Harbour View to Albion in St Thomas will be pursued and two lanes from Albion to the Yallahs River bridge.

The Government has announced another modification of its plans for the southern coastal highway project.

Speaking in the sectoral debate this afternoon, the state minister with responsibility for works, Everald Warmington said the government would go back to some of the original plan.

He said the original proposal for a four-lane highway from Harbour View to Albion in St Thomas will be pursued and two lanes from Albion to the Yallahs River bridge.

Warmington says this is an improvement from the earlier position announced by Prime Minister Andrew Holness at a press conference held on June 17.

READ: PM confirms South Coast Highway plan scrapped 

IN PHOTO: Prime Minister Andrew Holnes (right) with Finance Minister Audley Shaw at a Press Conference at Jamaica House.

At the time, Holness had announced the construction of four lanes from Harbour View to Bull Bay, three lanes from Bull Bay to Grants Pen and two lanes from Grants Pen to Albion and the Yallahs River Bridge.

Today, Warmington noted that at the time, the Prime Minister had said the negotiations were continuing with the contractor, China Harbour Engineering Company.

He said as a result of those negotiations, the new plan would be carried out at no further cost to the proposed budget.      

The initial changes announced by the Government had angered interests in St. Thomas who said the parish was again being neglected.      


IN PHOTO: Opposition spokesman on Finance Dr Peter Phillips

READ: Phillips against changes to South Coast Highway Plan