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Cabinet has approved the awarding of three contracts to effect upgrading work on the Bogue Road in Montego Bay, St. James, and to construct two community centres in Bucknor, Clarendon, and Central Village, St. Catherine.
Speaking at last week’s post-Cabinet media briefing at Jamaica House, Transport and Works Minister, Michael Henry, told journalists that a contract, in the sum of $1.39 billion, has been awarded to Surrey Paving Limited, to undertake work on the Bogue Road.
Mr. Henry, who is also Chairman of Cabinet’s Infrastructure Committee, informed that the upgrading is part of activities, which should have been undertaken during the execution of segment II of the Northern Coastal Highway Improvement Project (NCHIP), between Montego Bay and Ocho Rios, St. Ann, and advised that the work is expected to commence by the end of October.
“The Bogue Road is a longstanding issue that has to be dealt with. That work should start anywhere between now and the end of the month, certainly by November,” he said.
Meanwhile, the Minister advised that two contracts, with a combined value of $105.2 million, have been awarded to KSA Engineering, to construct the community centres.
The Bucknor community centre, Mr. Henry outlined, is to be constructed at a cost of just over $52 million, while the Central Village centre would cost $53.2 million.
Mr. Henry advised that both projects are being executed under the Inner City Basic Services Project (ICBSP), a joint Government of Jamaica/World Bank initiative, which seeks to: strengthen human and social capital, enhance public safety, and provide access to micro financing as well as basic infrastructure, among other things. Funding for both projects is being provided through the Jamaica Social Investment Fund (JSIF).
Mr. Henry also pointed out that Cabinet approved the awarding of a contract, valued just over $44 million to Port Computer Services, for the renewal of software update licence, and support for the shipping service provider system.
“This is the continued renewal under the Cosmos Terminal Management System software, and is an ongoing administrative element of the Port Authority (of Jamaica),” he informed.