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  • Minister of Tourism and Entertainment, Hon. Dr. Wykeham McNeill, is giving the thumbs up to road improvement and beautification works being carried out in Negril, Westmoreland.
  • Following a tour of phase two of the $145 million Dual Purpose Pathway Project on Friday, (February 13), Minister McNeill said he is pleased with the quality of the work being done and the overall enhancement this will bring to the resort town.
  • Dr. McNeill contended that the project will make the resort town more user friendly and encourage visitors to leave their hotels, which will augur well for local businesses.

Minister of Tourism and Entertainment, Hon. Dr. Wykeham McNeill, is giving the thumbs up to road improvement and beautification works being carried out in Negril, Westmoreland.

Following a tour of phase two of the $145 million Dual Purpose Pathway Project on Friday, (February 13), Minister McNeill said he is pleased with the quality of the work being done and the overall enhancement this will bring to the resort town.

He said the project will rectify critical issues such as drainage and bridges and give Negril a facelift, which will enhance the tourism product.

“I am very pleased with what I see here. It is very good quality. I am going to ensure that it continues at the same level. We are taking these steps to ensure that we lift the (tourism) product in Jamaica,” he said.

Dr. McNeill contended that the project will make the resort town more user friendly and encourage visitors to leave their hotels, which will augur well for local businesses.

“We knew from all our development plans that one of the things that Negril needed was sidewalks… for persons to ride bicycles, to jog and just for pedestrians,” he noted.

The eight-kilometre dual or shared use pedestrian and bicycle pathway is being constructed in three phases with funds from the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), Tourism Product Development Company (TPDCo), and the Tourism Enhancement Fund (TEF). The National Works Agency (NWA) is providing project management services.

Phase one, which started in 2013, covered 1.5 kilometres from town centre to the Pineapple Hotel, and entailed site clearance, concrete works, the installation of bollard marking posts, kerbs, toe walls, asphaltic concrete overlays, interlocking pavers and bridge work.

Phase two, which commenced on January 19, comprises the 2.5-kilometre stretch from the Grand Pineapple Hotel to the Couples Hotel and is slated for completion on July 20 this year.

Minister McNeill toured the project to view the work being carried out

and to give his approval for the new design of the 10-foot wide pathway, which comprises coloured interlocking pavers along one side and asphaltic concrete along the other half.

The final phase will see the construction of the remaining four-kilometre long

pathway. Landscaping will be done along the shared use pathway as well as other areas along the Non-Pariel /Sheffield Roadway.