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  • The Rural Road Rehabilitation Project II has been allocated $830 million in the 2016/17 Estimates of Expenditure.
  • In addition, 139 utility poles have been relocated and 34 structures identified as causing obstruction to civil works were acquired.
  • After several extensions, the project is expected to be completed in March 2017.

The Rural Road Rehabilitation Project II has been allocated $830 million in the 2016/17 Estimates of Expenditure.

The project, which got underway in 2008, seeks to rehabilitate approximately 47 kilometres of roads in the parishes of Trelawny, Clarendon, and Manchester in order to facilitate socio-economic development and integration of the three parishes.

The roads include the 16-kilometre stretch from Stettin to Highgate Hall in Trelawny; 11.7 kilometres from Soursop Turn to Danks, and 10.2 kilometres from Danks to Mears Bridges (Trout Hall) in Clarendon; and 8.8 kilometres from Williamsfield to Greenvale, Manchester.

Achievements to date include: 37 percent completion of Soursop Turn to Chapelton Road; and surveys for land acquisition undertaken.

In addition, 139 utility poles have been relocated and 34 structures identified as causing obstruction to civil works were acquired.

Also, 239 survey identification reports have been submitted to the National Land Agency (NLA) for acquisition of lands.

Preparations also started for the commencement of negotiations for 90 parcels of land; 117 parcels of land have been obtained, while the remaining 122 parcels are at various stages of acquisition.

For the fiscal year, the project expects to achieve an overall 100 percent completion of the Soursop Turn to Chapelton corridor, by concluding the remaining 63 percent of civil works.

The project is funded by the Government of Jamaica and the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) Fund for International Development.

After several extensions, the project is expected to be completed in March 2017.