Minister of Transport and Works, Hon. Michael Henry, says that the new completion date for the $1.3 billion Bogue Road project will be October 30.
The project has been hampered by ‘unforeseen’ challenges, which has plunged it into cost overruns as well as delays, resulting in three missed completion deadlines.
Addressing members of the Montego Bay Chamber of Commerce and Industry at a monthly meeting at the Wexford Hotel, on Wednesday (August 18), Mr. Henry observed that despite the missed deadlines and cost overruns, the Ministry was committed to meeting the new deadline of October.
Sections of the Bogue Main Road in Montego Bay which is now being extensively refurbished at a cost of some $ 1.3 billion.
“The original scope of work on the Bogue Main Road Project was expanded, hence the increase in the cost of the ongoing infrastructure works. There were several challenges, as they related to the relocation of a number of National Water Commission (NWC) and Jamaica Public Service Company (JPS) service lines, which had to be dealt with and these resulted on much delays,” the Minister said.
Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the National Works Agency (NWA), Mr. Patrick Wong, told the meeting that the agency had overcome the issue of the relocation of service lines and was settling down to completion and delivery by October 30.
“I believe that the original schedule of 12 months was unrealistic, especially when you are trying to upgrade an existing corridor, working with the traffic and the accompanying indiscipline of motorists,” Mr. Wong noted.
He urged motorists to drive with care, so that the roads can be safe for all users.
Minister of Transport and Works, Hon. Mike Henry (Left) engages members of the Montego Bay Chamber of Commerce and Industry in a sociable recourse during the Montego Bay Chamber of Commerce and Industry’s monthly meeting at the Wexford Hotel in Montego Bay recently.
“It’s going to be up to all users of the roadway to stop the indiscipline and so make the road safe for all. Until the taxi drivers, minibus operators and private vehicle owners/drivers obey the laws, we are going to be constantly faced with accidents, deaths and the repairs of the street furniture on the roads,” he said.
Mr. Wong added that the NWA was committed to meeting the new deadline, and assured that the contractor would have to deliver the road on the set date, “even if he has to work twenty four- seven”.