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  • The Major Infrastructure for Development Programme has received an allocation of $4 billion in the 2014/15 Estimates of Expenditure...
  • Anticipated targets for 2014/15 include: commencement of repair works to community roads, retaining walls, and drainage structures under the Jamaica Emergency Employment Programme (JEEP);
  • The project is funded by China EXIM Bank and the Government of Jamaica, and is expected to be completed by March 2016.

The Major Infrastructure for Development Programme has received an allocation of $4 billion in the 2014/15 Estimates of Expenditure, which are now before Parliament’s Standing Finance Committee.

The project seeks to continue improvement of the island’s road network in order to stimulate economic development and enhance the welfare of Jamaica’s citizens.

Achievements, to date, include: completion of an engineering feasibility study; signing of a conditional contract agreement between the Government of Jamaica and China Harbour Engineering Company (CHEC), which is carrying out the project; and Cabinet precedent to the effectiveness of the loan and first disbursement, completed.

Anticipated targets for 2014/15 include: commencement of repair works to community roads, retaining walls, and drainage structures under the Jamaica Emergency Employment Programme (JEEP); and commencement of rehabilitation works on two prioritized main roads running from the Twickenham Park roundabout to Ferry, and Highway2000 to Ferry.

Focus will also be placed on awarding contracts for the reconstruction of six bridges. These are the Kupius, Rosa, and Silent Hill bridges in Clarendon; Vanity Fair bridge, St. Mary; Latium bridge, St. James; and Jacob River bridge, Portland. The project is funded by China EXIM Bank and the Government of Jamaica, and is expected to be completed by March 2016.