The Ministry of Transport and Works has stated that, following discussions with the agencies/entities relative to the ongoing repair works to sections of the Portmore leg of Highway 2000, arrangements are now in place for the project to be completed before the Christmas holiday period.
Minister of Transport and Works, the Hon Mike Henry.
Transport and Works Minister, Hon Mike Henry, on Wednesday (July 28) indicated that the work was likely to extend into early next year, because of additional requirements which have emerged. However, after closer consultations with the parties responsible for the repairs, he has been assured that, with the requisite arrangements in place, the job can be completed in December, ahead of the Christmas period.
Among the factors which have affected the timeline for the completion of the project are security considerations in working at nights in the area.
The project to repair sunken sections of the toll highway has been a source of inconvenience to motorists, especially members of the Portmore community, who traverse the corridor daily. The work has led to a reduction to four lanes instead of the normal six lanes.
Mr. Henry recently started discussions with Bouygues, the firm handling the repairs, along with the National Road Operating and Constructing Company (NROCC), the Toll Authority and other relevant parties, to find means of minimising the inconvenience. Those discussions are were scheduled to continue Thursday.
The repair work is being done at no cost to the Jamaican public, based on the toll arrangements which are in place.