$13-billion upgrade for high-traffic roads in urban areas — PM | Loop Jamaica

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Prime Minister Andrew Holness (Photo: JIS)

The Government has allocated $13 billion to carry out major roadworks on several high-traffic corridors under the Urban High Traffic Road Improvement project.

Prime Minister Andrew Holness made the disclosure on Thursday during his contribution to the 2022/23 Budget Debate.

He explained that the works comprise road and drainage improvements, potable water and sewer line upgrades, traffic management and road safety improvements, and the installation of street lights. They also include the provision of underground ducts for fibre optic cables to enable future broadband connectivity.

The works will be carried out on the following corridors:

Arthur Wint Drive from Mountain View Avenue to Tom Redcam Drive, which will be widened. The start date is April 2022, and the duration of the project is 16 months.Dualisation of Grange Lane in Portmore, St Catherine to commence in April and be completed over nine months.Dualisation of East Kings House Road and Lady Musgrave Road to commence in May 2022, with the works expected to last 24 months.Widening of the Braeton main road and part of the Hellshire main road in Portmore, St Catherine, to begin in April 2023 and last until August 2024.Widening of Sandy Gully Bridge on Washington Boulevard, to commence in April 2023 and run until June 2024.Construction of new Portmore Access Bridge from Mandela Highway to commence in August 2023 and run for 16 months until December 2024.

Holness said the National Works Agency (NWA) has other high-traffic urban roads in the design stage, but they have not yet been put through the public investment and procurement phases.

“In particular, I wish to give notice that work will continue on the upgrading of the Constant Spring Road corridor from Manor Park to Stony Hill Road.”

He said that during the last fiscal year, the NWA expended $5.3 billion on road maintenance and repairs across the island, with another $637 million spent on flood mitigation works.

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