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A total of $479 million has been set aside for road rehabilitation projects being undertaken by the Ministry of Transport and Works.
The Road Rehabilitation Project II has received $300 million for the upgrading of selected roads in the parishes of Clarendon, Manchester and Westmoreland.
As contained in the 2009/10 Estimates of Expenditure, currently before the House of Representatives, the money will go towards the procurement of supervision consultancy; relocation of utilities; commencement of land acquisition; and mobilisation of contractor for commencement of rehabilitation.
The project, which commenced in November 2007, is scheduled to run until June 2011. The objective is to rehabilitate 97 kilometres of roads from Smithfield Bridge to Scotts Cove in Westmoreland; Sour Sop Turn to Danks, Clarendon; Danks to Mears Bridge (Trout Hall), Clarendon; Grantham to Walderston, Manchester; Williamsfield to Greenvale, Mandeville By-Pass; and Highgate Hall to Stettin, Manchester.
Achievements to date include the procurement of engineering consultancy for designs; completion of 70 per cent of designs; and evaluation of tenders for selection of supervision consultant.
The project is being funded by the Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) and the Government of Jamaica.
In the meantime, the Kuwait Fund for Arab Economic Development-financed road rehabilitation project has received $179 million to undertake necessary works.
The project is geared towards upgrading 47 kilometres of road network from Ferris Cross to Mackfield in Westmoreland; Alexandria to Brown’s Town in St. Ann; Tom’s River to Broadgate in St. Mary; and Broadgate to Agualta Vale also in St. Mary.
Achievements under the project to date include the signing of a loan agreement; procurement of design consultancy services; completion of designs; and the pre-selection of supervision consultancy.
The targets for this fiscal year are: procurement of supervision consultancy; relocation of utilities; commencement of land acquisition; and payment for designs.
The project is scheduled to be completed in June 2010.

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