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Work on the Palisadoes Shoreline Protection Project in Kingston has been completed within budget, Transport, Works and Housing Minister, Dr. the Hon. Omar Davies, has announced.

He made the disclosure during Friday’s, February 15, media briefing at the Transport, Works and Housing Ministry’s offices in Kingston, where he updated journalists on a range of projects and developments, being spearheaded by the Ministry.

The Palisadoes Shoreline Protection Project, which commenced in September 2010, was completed by contractors, China Harbour Engineering Company (CHEC), within a 15-month period. The development entailed significant upgrading works along the corridor preceding the roadway leading to the Norman Manley International Airport.

“I believe we all have seen it and realize it is an excellent job; and it was completed in December of last year (2012) at the initial contracted price of US$65.4 million,” Dr. Davies said.

The Minister also indicated that additional work may need to be effected on an area beyond the airport’s round-a-bout, along the corridor leading to Port Royal. This undertaking, he pointed out, was not in the original scope of the project, but is the focus of concern due to erosion.

Meanwhile, Dr. Davies advised that the deadline for the completion of the Jamaica Development Infrastructure Programme (JDIP) has been extended to June 2013 to facilitate the conclusion of several projects.

He informed that JDIP was originally scheduled for completion at the end of the 2012/13 fiscal year in March, but has been pushed back due to delays in the completion of work on some of the programme’s original projects.

These include: the Cassia Park and Queensborough bridges in the Corporate Area, where work is 88 per cent and 95 per cent complete respectively; and the Westmoreland Bridge in St. Mary, where 83 per cent of the work is done. Dr. Davies disclosed that approximately US$50 million remains to be spent under the project.

He pointed out that the Government’s 15 per cent input, totalling some $800 million, which is reflected in the Supplementary Estimates of Expenditure as savings in the Budget, will be carried forward to the 2013/14 financial year to complement the equivalent of 85 per cent of the financing being provided by the China EXIM Bank.

The JDIP, which is being carried out by contractors, China Harbour Engineering Company (CHEC), is a major Government of Jamaica undertaking, which began in 2010 to significantly improve the island’s road network.