The Montego Bay Perimeter Road Project, aimed at easing traffic congestion in the city, is scheduled to get under way during fiscal year 2020/2021.
Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, disclosed this during his contribution to the 2020/21 Budget Debate in the House of Representatives, on March 19.
The project, which will last for four years, will be undertaken by the National Road Operating and Constructing Company (NROCC).
Mr. Holness noted that the road project has become necessary, as the city of Montego Bay has experienced tremendous growth over the last decade with the growth in tourism and now faces challenges with travel times across the city that may derail its economic development.
“This [road project] will provide a fast route around the city, while opening up lands to the south for future development and facilitating the local economy by reducing internal congestion in the city,” he said.
In the meantime, NROCC will also be undertaking a project to connect the East-West and North-South legs of Highway 2000 to allow for seamless travel in all directions from both corridors.
The North-South leg of the highway 2000 project was completed in 2016 and facilitates travel from Jamaica’s north coast to Kingston.