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The new state-of-the-art Half-Way-Tree Transportation Centre is set to be opened on January 12, Minister of Transport and Works, Mike Henry has said.
Speaking to journalists at the weekly post-Cabinet at Jamaica House, Mr. Henry said recent heavy rains as well as project improvement works in the Half-Way-Tree area, had delayed the original October date for the opening of the facility.
The $4.7 billion double-level transportation centre boasts passenger holding areas and spacious bus bays, which can also accommodate taxis. Other facilities include 17 commercial shops; a 900-foot food court; four commercial kiosks; 17 public toilets with two equipped for the disabled; and an office building to accommodate staff from the Jamaica Urban Transit Company (JUTC), and the Port Authority of Jamaica, which will be managing the terminal.
On other matters, Cabinet awarded a contract valued at $186 million to S.W.C Woodwork and Construction Limited for the building of additional classroom blocks at the Paul Bogle High School in St. Thomas. Work should commence in January 2008.
A contract was also awarded to Chicago Bridge and Iron Company in the sum of US$360,000 to carry out repair work on a tank at Petrojam Limited.

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