- $400 million will be provided by the Tourism Enhancement Fund for the project
- The project is expected to begin in September of this year
Some $400 million will be provided by the Tourism Enhancement Fund (TEF) to install lighting along a section of the North Coast Highway in Montego Bay, known as the ‘Elegant Corridor’.
Plans for the project were first disclosed by the Minister of Tourism and Entertainment, Dr. the Hon. Wykeham McNeill, in his Sectoral Presentation on July 2.
“LED lights will be placed along the 27-kilometre long segment, that is segment 2a of the North Coast Highway, which extends from the roundabout at the Sangster International Airport to the east of Lilliput,” the Minister said at the time.
At a JIS Think Tank held at the agency’s head office in Kingston on July 18, Executive Director of the TEF, Clyde Harrison, said the project’s design was complete.
He noted that LED (light-emitting diode) lights, powered by the National Electric Grid, will be placed along the roadway, which is consistently used by tourists.
He stated that the lighting will reduce accidents and enhance the appearance of the corridor.
“Lighting the Elegant Corridor is a transformational project. There are some bad areas that accidents are constantly happening. We figure it is a good project, because it is a walkway for tourists,” he explained.
The project will be implemented with the assistance of the National Works Agency (NWA).
Mr. Harrison said that there are significant savings to be derived from LED lights, in terms of cost effectiveness, efficiencies and maintenance.
The project is expected to begin in September of this year, and is scheduled to be completed by December 2014.