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  • A project to rehabilitate essential portions of the main road system has been allocated $689.7 million in the 2014/15 Estimates of Expenditure.
  • The Estimates of Expenditure is now before the Standing Finance Committee of the House.
  • The Transportation Infrastructure Rehabilitation Project, is aimed at ensuring physical continuity of the primary road network.

A project to rehabilitate essential portions of the main road system has been allocated $689.7 million in the 2014/15 Estimates of Expenditure.

The Estimates of Expenditure is now before the Standing Finance Committee of the House.

The initiative entitled, the Transportation Infrastructure Rehabilitation Project, is aimed at ensuring physical continuity of the primary road network by minimizing the impact of future flooding on the road system.

Anticipated targets for the new financial year include:  construction of the Scotts Cove to Belmont Corridor (Westmoreland) and achieve 100 per cent completion; completion of the feasibility study for the southern coastal highway corridor; completion of the Sligoville to Bog Walk works contract; and completion of the Santa Maria –Sligoville works contract.

Some of the achievements up to March 2014 include construction of the Hope River Bridge and associated works; rehabilitation/overlay of the Scotts Ferris Cross corridor; phase one of the Yallahs river training works complete; rehabilitation/overlay of the Scotts Cove-Belmont corridor 30 per cent complete; rehabilitation/overlay of the Sligoville to Bog walk corridor, 80 per cent complete; and rehabilitation/overlay of Santa Maria – Sligoville corridor, 40 per cent complete.

The project is funded by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and the Government of Jamaica, and is scheduled to be completed by December 2014.