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  • The Government is currently working to identify funding to undertake the Southern Coastal Highway Improvement Project (SCHIP).
  • This was announced by Minister of Transport, Works and Housing, Dr. the Hon. Omar Davies, during his contribution to the 2015/16 Sectoral Debate in the House of Representatives on April 21.
  • He informed that the Ministry, along with Minister of Finance and Planning, Dr. the Hon. Peter Phillips, is “far advanced in identifying concessionary funding. Our major problem is the fiscal space.”

The Government is currently working to identify funding to undertake the Southern Coastal Highway Improvement Project (SCHIP).

This was announced by Minister of Transport, Works and Housing, Dr. the Hon. Omar Davies, during his contribution to the 2015/16 Sectoral Debate in the House of Representatives on April 21.

He informed that the Ministry, along with Minister of Finance and Planning, Dr. the Hon. Peter Phillips, is “far advanced in identifying concessionary funding. Our major problem is the fiscal space.”

Dr. Davies said with the improvement of the southern coastal corridors of the island, from Harbour View, Kingston to Port Antonio, Portland; and Negril, Westmoreland to Mandeville, Manchester “then the whole of Jamaica will be linked by modern highway.”

He pointed out that priority is to be given to Section I (Harbour View to Port Antonio, starting with Sections 1A and 1B, Harbour View to Morant Bay).

He informed that the consultant, Stanley Consultants Incorporated, has submitted the final feasibility study and other reports, and the preliminary designs.

The SCHIP is divided into two (2) segments:  Segment 1 – Harbour View to Port Antonio (106.4 km); and Segment 2 – Negril to Mandeville (131.4 km).

These two (2) segments have been divided into 12 construction sections:

Segment 1 (Eastern):  Section 1A – Harbour View to Yallahs;  Section 1B – Yallahs to Morant Bay; Section 1C – Morant Bay to Manchioneal ; Section 1D – Manchioneal to Boston; Section 1E – Boston to Fairy Hill; Section 1F – Fairy Hill to Drapers; and Section 1H – Drapers to Port Antonio.

Segment 2 (Western): Section 2A – Negril to Ferris Cross; Section 2B – Ferris Cross to Crawford; Section 2C – Crawford to Goshen; Section 2D – Goshen to Spur Tree; and Section 2E – Spur Tree to Williamsfield.