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Mandela Highway project over 90% complete - NWA

Published:Wednesday | March 20, 2019 | 9:23 AM
A section of the Mandela Highway - File photo

The Mandela Highway Realignment and Reconstruction project is just over 90 per cent complete, says Ramona Lawson, senior communications officer, National Works Agency (NWA).

In an interview with JIS News, Lawson said that activities are now focused on pavement work, with several sections in the vicinity of the Six Miles Interchange asphalted recently.

She noted that the first lift of asphalt has been applied to the ramp on the westbound carriageway, which will be used to access the overhead bridge.

She added that the Q-ramp on the opposite side has been prepared for asphalting.

"Both the westbound and eastbound carriageways along Washington Boulevard and up to Duhaney Drive will also be paved, so for the next week or so, activities on the project will concentrate on paving these areas," she said.

Lawson pointed out that construction work on the second half of the box culvert near Six Miles is now complete and that works are ongoing to get the area up to base level and to prepare it for paving.

The Mandela Highway, which spans St Andrew and St Catherine, is a key thoroughfare in the nation's road infrastructure.

The US$64-million Mandela Highway project involves the construction of a 3.5-kilometre six-lane corridor with a two-lane overpass bridge, two new three-lane bridges at Fresh River, and a two-lane service road adjacent to the main roadway to facilitate the development of Caymanas Estate, along with the upgrading of the Six Miles Interchange.

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