Work to resume on Mount Rosser bypass soon
THE CONCESSION and implementation agreements for the US$600 million north-south link of Highway 2000 are expected to be inked before the end of the week as Cabinet on Tuesday approved the signing of the accord.
This was announced on Tuesday by Transport, Works and Housing Minister Dr Omar Davies who declared that after the signing, the administration would be "pulling out all the stops to get the show on the road".
"We expect that work on the Mount Rosser bypass will resume within months. That section of the project will be completed within 12 months," Davies said as he opened the Sectoral Debate in Parliament on Tuesday.
Davies was at pains to explain that the highway would be constructed over a three-year period without any government obligation.
China Harbour Engineering Company Limited has been in negotiations with the National Road Operating and Constructing Company to construct the highway.
The transport and works minister sought to assure the public and interest groups that environmental impact assessments would be carried out.
Not cutting corners
He said the investors would be required to meet all requirements of the country's regulatory bodies. "No special favours will be granted. We will cut no corners, despite our clear desire to move forward with the project as quickly as possible."
Davies told his parliamentary colleagues that progress was being made on discussions to expand Kingston as a transhipment port. This will involve the Fort Augusta development and expansion of Gordon Cay.