JIS News

Work on the Mount Rosser Bypass leg of Highway 2000 is expected to resume soon, following Cabinet's approved of the plan for the completion of the project.

Minister with responsibility for Information, Telecommunications and Special Projects, Hon. Daryl Vaz, made the disclosure at today's (February 23) post-Cabinet press briefing at Jamaica House.

The project, for which ground was broken in 2007, was suspended due to geotechnical flaws, which Minister of Transport and Works, Hon. Michael Henry, outlined to the House of Representatives last October. These include loose accumulation of rock and soil debris at the foot of the slope, as well as highly fractured, faulted and folded limestone.

Minister Vaz informed that "the proposed way forward entails, inter alia, TJH/BYTPJ (TransJamaican Highway Limited/Bouygues Travaux Publics) continuing works on all the areas not affected by the geotechnical conditions and NROCC (National Road Operating and Constructing Company Limited) continuing to pay for works done. These works are to be completed by June 30, 2011."

He noted that Cabinet also ratified the variation order referred to as Phase 1B Early Works signed January 13, 2011 between NROCC and TJH/BYTPJ.

Also approved was the Memorandum of Understanding signed January 13, 2011 between the Ministry of Transport and Works, NROCC and China Harbour Engineering Company, for the construction of the North-South link from Spanish Town to Ocho Rios inclusive of the completion of zone two, section two of the Mount Rosser Bypass, from Linstead to Moneague.

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