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  • The Government has allocated $6.97 billion in the 2016/17 Estimates of Expenditure towards the funding of the Major Infrastructure Development Programme (MIDP).
  • Plans are also in place for the commencement of rehabilitation works on 11 prioritised main roads.
  • The programme is funded by the Government of Jamaica as well as the China EXIM Bank.

The Government has allocated $6.97 billion in the 2016/17 Estimates of Expenditure towards the funding of the Major Infrastructure Development Programme (MIDP).

The programme seeks to continue the improvement of the island’s road network in order to enhance the quality of life of the citizens of Jamaica, and to stimulate economic development.

For the current fiscal year, the project seeks to commence and complete works to effect repairs to community roads, retaining walls and drainage structures in 63 constituencies.

Plans are also in place for the commencement of rehabilitation works on 11 prioritised main roads.

The roads are: Morant Crossing – Whitehall (St. Thomas); Seaforth – Soho (St. Thomas); Port Morant – Bath (St. Thomas); Potosi – Morant River Bridge

(St. Thomas); Marcus Garvey Drive (St. Andrew); Barbican Road (St. Andrew); Mandela Highway (St. Andrew/St. Catherine); Spanish Town – Angels (St. Catherine); Old Harbour roundabout  – Angels Junction (Brunswick) (St. Catherine) ;Toll Gate – Rest (Clarendon); and Stewart Town – Rock (Trelawny).

The project is also seeking to commence and complete construction works on five prioritised bridges, namely the Leith Hall, Rentcomb, May River, Rosa and Ward River Bridges. The Kupius Bridge in Clarendon is also to be completed.

In terms of achievements, works to effect repairs to community roads, retaining walls and drainage structure have been completed in 63 constituencies.

The following bridges have also been erected: Silent Hill, Latium and Jacobs River.

The programme is funded by the Government of Jamaica as well as the China EXIM Bank.