• JIS News

    The government will be spending more than $3 billion on road development projects this fiscal year.Prime Minister, Portia Simpson Miller, who made the announcement in her contribution to the 2006/07 Budget Debate in Gordon House yesterday (May 9), said that the projects would improve the country’s road infrastructure, while creating jobs.
    The allocation includes $1.6 billion for road rehabilitation, $600 million for retaining walls, $400 million for disaster mitigation projects, while $400 million will go towards improving roads leading to the Norman Manley International Airport.
    In addition, $532 million will be spent on flood control including work on the Sandy Gully Bridge in Kingston, $34 million on bridge repairs, and $200 million has been allocated for parish council roads.
    The Prime Minister also told the House that $100 million would be spent on projects to beautify resort areas and the entrances to main cities, as part of the general tourism expansion programme.
    She further informed that expansion works, being undertaken at the Port of Kingston, “will lead to the creation of thousands of new jobs” while noting that investments now taking place within the information communication technology sector will yield some 3,000 new jobs.