Sun | Oct 22, 2017

Main Street in Ocho Rios to be rehabilitated

Published:Tuesday | September 19, 2017 | 12:00 AM
Minister of Labour and Social Security, Shahine Robinson.

Some $160 million has been allocated to upgrade Main Street in Ocho Rios, St Ann, as part of the multimillion-dollar redevelopment project being undertaken by the Urban Development Corporation (UDC) in the resort town.

The project, which is being funded through the Tourism Enhancement Fund (TEF), will see 400 metres of roadway being rehabilitated over eight months.

Minister of Labour and Social Security Shahine Robinson, who is also member of parliament for the area, welcomed the move by the UDC and encouraged the stakeholders to work together.

Addressing a stakeholders' meeting at the St John's Anglican Church Hall in Ocho Rios last week, the minister said there is much work to be done, "as we continue to strive to make Ocho Rios the place that it ought to be".

The project, which is being managed by the National Works Agency (NWA), has been dubbed 'Turtle Walk' and will be undertaken from Turtle River Road to the Ocho Rios Shopping Centre.

According to regional manager for the NWA, Devon Lilly, Chin's Construction has been awarded to carry out the roadworks, and efforts will be made to ensure that minimal disruption is caused to motorists and pedestrians.

In addition to upgrading of the roadway, work will be done on the drains and on the sidewalks.

For his part, Joseph Lewis, who represented the UDC, outlined that a series of projects have been ongoing as part of the Ocho Rios redevelopment project.

"The improvements that we were hoping for, even in terms of the flow of traffic, the Port Authority of Jamaica is realising that benefit now," he said.

So far, the terminal building at the cruise ship pier, as well as the Turtle River Road, have been upgraded, and the parking lot has been reordered. A promenade is currently being built along the beach to the Ocho Rios cruise terminal.