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  • The Government is to spend $494 million on its Rural Road Rehabilitation Project II for the 2014/2015 fiscal year.
  • The money will go towards rehabilitating 22.6 kilometres (km) of road structure.
  • 507 parcels of land have been submitted to the National Land Agency (NLA) for acquisition.

The Government is to spend $494 million on its Rural Road Rehabilitation Project II for the 2014/2015 fiscal year.

This is contained in the Estimates of Expenditure, which is now before the Standing Finance Committee of the House.

The money will go towards rehabilitating 22.6 kilometres (km) of road structure in areas, such as Sour Sop Turn to Danks in Clarendon and from Danks to Mears Bridge (Trout Hall), also in Clarendon.

In terms of achievement, surveys for land acquisition have been undertaken; 507 parcels of land submitted to the National Land Agency (NLA) for acquisition; 407 parcels have been approved by the National Land Agency; acquisition of 184 parcels of land is 75 per cent complete, with the larger parcels already acquired; and the relocation of utility poles has commenced.

Anticipated targets for the new financial year include: commence construction and achieve 40 per cent of overall works on Sour Sop Turn to Chapelton (10km) to include approximately 50 per cent earthworks, 40 per cent drainage, 80 per cent pipeline works, 25 per cent pavement works and 25 per cent concrete works; and to complete the relocation of utility poles and land acquisition.

The project is being funded by the Government of Jamaica and the Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC). It is expected that the project, which started in April, 2008, will be completed by March 2017.