JIS News

Cabinet has approved the award of a $101.6 million contract to the French firm, Bougues, for the design and rehabilitation of Marcus Garvey Drive in Kingston.
Minister of Information and Development, Senator Colin Campbell, who made the announcement yesterday (October 2), at the weekly post-Cabinet press briefing at Jamaica House, outlined that the scope of work would include, “that section which covers the railway crossing to the Portia Simpson Miller Square”.
Senator Campbell noted that the project is expected to ease traffic congestion at the exit from the Portmore leg of Highway 2000. “One of the difficulties that has been experienced with the opening of the new Highway, is that there is traffic congestion with the traffic coming uptown. As a result, it has been decided that we will immediately begin the design and paving of the dual carriageway section of the road. also dealing with the drainage and side walks,” he informed.
He said the Government was aware that this project would not be a total solution to the problem as other improvement work “is required further up the road, as well as the repair of other side roads going into downtown Kingston, as well as the entrances to the Maxfield Avenue area”.
The contract period is four months and work is expected to commence immediately.