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Lights for MoBay's Elegant Corridor

Published:Saturday | July 19, 2014 | 12:00 AM

Janet Silvera, Senior Gleaner Writer

WITHIN 28 days, work should commence on the lighting of Montego Bay's Elegant Corridor, which has been plagued with numerous collisions and has recorded several fatalities in the last five years.

"Over time, this stretch of road has become a safety concern for pedestrians and motorists alike due to speeding along the corridor and the absence of streetlights to improve night-time visibility," said Minister of Transport and Works, Dr Omar Davies.

The Transport Ministry and the Ministry of Tourism and Entertainment signed a contract, valued at $250 million at the Montego Bay Convention Centre yesterday for the installation of the lights.

The project, which has been awarded to YP Seaton and Associates, is being funded by the Tourism Enhancement Fund (TEF).

The work extends from the roundabout at the Sangster International Airport to the Iberostar Resort, and forms part of what is probably Jamaica's largest development zone, after the Logistics Hub, says tourism and entertainment minister, Dr Wykeham McNeill.

McNeill, in his address during the signing, stressed this was a major infrastructural development in the tourism sector, which will benefit Jamaicans primarily.

"This stretch of roadway is of significant importance to the tourism product, which is represented by the accommodation sub-sector in the region and leading into the Montego Bay resort area," he stated.

He added that the island's visitors would also benefit from the lighting network.

Initially proposed for implementation on either the Jamaica Public Service Company grid or a solar option, efforts to get a solar contractor to bid on the job proved futile, said Davies.

"Consequently, Cabinet accepted the recommendation for the grid option to be adopted," he said.

He noted that the decision to use LED lights, would result in the reduction of energy consumption by 50 per cent.