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  • More than $8 billion or approximately 23 per cent of the Capital Budget has been reserved for infrastructural works.
  • ​Among the major projects to be undertaken is the $4 billion Major Infrastructural Project (MIDP), which is being funded by China EXIM Bank.
  • ​An additional $1.7 billion will be spent on the Jamaica Economical Housing Project.

More than $8 billion or approximately 23 per cent of the Capital Budget has been reserved for infrastructural works to be carried out through the Ministry of Transport,Works and Housing, during this fiscal year.

​The announcement was made by Minister of Finance and Planning, Dr. the Hon. Peter Phillips, as he opened the 2014/15 Budget Debate in the House of Representatives on April 17.

​Among the major projects to be undertaken is the $4 billion Major Infrastructural Project (MIDP), which is being funded by China EXIM Bank.

​The initiative will see the reconstruction of bridges; the rehabilitation of main roads; and through the Jamaica Emergency Employment Programme (JEEP), the repair of community roads, retaining walls, and drainage structures.

​An additional $1.7 billion will be spent on the Jamaica Economical Housing Project, which will see the completion of works in St. Ann and Luana Gardens in St.Elizabeth.

​Minister Phillips further informed that $689.7 million will be used to complete remaining rehabilitation works on the Sandy Gully, under the Kingston Metropolitan Area Drainage Project.

​Another $689.73 million is to be used to implement works under the Transportation Infrastructure Project, which will see the completion of roadways in Westmoreland, Hanover, St. Thomas, and St. Catherine.
The Government has also budgeted an additional $494 million for the Road Rehabilitation Project, to commence road construction works in Clarendon.

Also, another $273 million is to be spent on the Road Improvement Programme to undertake the maintenance of the North Coast Highway and the upgrading of traffic signals at select intersections.