The Government will be undertaking several road infrastructure projects aimed at improving vehicular movement and pedestrian safety on the nation’s roads.
To this end, work is set to begin this year on the Braeton Road to Hellshire Main Road and Grange Lane, in St. Catherine, and East King’s House Road, Arthur Wint Drive and the Washington Boulevard Bridge, in Kingston.
This was disclosed by Minister without Portfolio in the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation, Hon. Everald Warmington, during his contribution to the 2021/22 Sectoral Debate in the House of Representatives on May 5.
“We will be widening the road from Braeton to Hellshire. This work will take into consideration the stretch from Naggo Head to the Texaco Gas Station to East Mid Street. We have budgeted $1.485 billion for this project,” Mr. Warmington said.
He noted that during the 2019/2020 fiscal year, improvement work was undertaken at the intersection of Municipal Boulevard and Grange Lane, Portmore, St. Catherine.
“We intend to continue with these works this fiscal year. The section of Grange Lane between the Phoenix Service Station and the Rubis Service Station will be dualised,” the Minister said.
He added that work will also be undertaken on Madrid Avenue and the Cumberland Gully Bridge, at a cost of $532 million.
Mr. Warmington pointed out that following on the success of the works to improve travel through the Barbican community in St. Andrew, many requests have been received for further works to be done.
Under the Barbican Road project, a short piece of dualisation had been done along East King’s House Road.
“This year, we will be continuing the works all the way to Lady Musgrave Road, ending at Trafalgar Road. Approximately $3.1 billion will be spent on this project,” Mr. Warmington said.
In addition, $1.23 billion is to be spent to widen Arthur Wint Drive, from Mountain View Avenue to Tom Redcam Drive.
Meanwhile, Mr. Warmington informed that infrastructure works will be undertaken on the Washington Boulevard, one of the major corridors in the capital city.
“While we have spent large sums over the years to have it improved, there continues to remain one major weakness. This weakness is in the form of a reduction in the available lanes heading east, once you cross over the Patrick City junction,” he noted.
“The problem is that the bridge that spans that section of the Sandy Gully can only accommodate two lanes, even though the road is three lanes on either side of the eastbound structure. We are going to be fixing this issue for good,” he added.
The Minister said the Government has earmarked $200 million for the construction of a bridge to facilitate three continuous lanes from Duhaney Park all the way to Constant Spring Road.