Some $2.6 million has been earmarked in the 2013/14 Estimates of Expenditure, now before the House of Representatives, to facilitate payment of unsettled land claims under the arterial roads programme.
The programme seeks to improve 809 kilometres of the island’s network of main roads and highways, which link the 14 parishes, and associated structures, such as bridges, through a programme of construction, improvement and maintenance activities.
Of the allocation, $2 million will go towards settling claims in relation to the Old Harbour by-pass in St. Catherine, while the remaining $600,000 is similarly earmarked for the Ocho Rios development road in St. Ann.
Meanwhile, another $700,000 has been set aside to effect similar payments in relation to 692 kilometres of roads, linking secondary towns and other commercial centres, to the main arterial road system.
This secondary road programme aims to effect routine maintenance of roadways and associated infrastructure.
By Douglas McIntosh, JIS Reporter