Major rehabilitation work will continue this year under the Transportation Infrastructure Rehabilitation Programme, following the provision of $1.37 billion in the 2013/14 Estimates of Expenditure, currently before the House of Representatives.
Funded by the Inter-American Development bank (IDB), the programme targets the rehabilitation and maintenance of key sections of the country’s main and primary road network, by minimizing the impact of flooding along these corridors. It is being executed by the Ministry of Transport, Works and Housing.
The programme, which got underway in February 2008, has seen the construction of the Hope River bridge and associated protective works, as well as activities under phases one and two of the Yallahs river training exercise being completed, with other undertakings at various stages of completion.
These include: overlaying of the Red Hills to Santa Maria corridor in St. Andrew, which is 98 per cent complete; rehabilitation of the Scotts Cove to Ferris Cross corridor in Westmoreland – 28 per cent complete; feasibility study of southern coastal highway corridor – 40 per cent complete; consultancy to undertake a master drainage plan – 95 per cent complete; and 60 per cent completion of rock revetment works at Roselle, St. Thomas, by the National Works Agency (NWA), under a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU).
Activities slated for 2013/14 include: the completion of work on the Belmont to Ferris Cross road in Westmoreland, and the Roselle revetment project in St. Thomas; completion of the draft southern coastal highway feasibility study, and master plan study, and Red Hills to Santa Maria road development; and awarding of the Harbour View revetment works contract; and achieving at least 30 per cent completion of works by the end of the year.
By Douglas McIntosh, JIS Reporter