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State Minister for Transport and Works, Dr. Fenton Ferguson, has said that a special programme has been put in place for the upgrading of the Bogue main road in St. James. “When I last visited Montego Bay, we spoke about the Bogue Road. In consultation with my senior minister, we have been able to put the Bogue Road on a special programme,” Dr. Ferguson informed, as he addressed the recent contract signing ceremony for segment 2(A) of the North Coast Highway Improvement Project (NCHIP) last week at the Holiday Inn Sunspree Resort in St. James.
The works, which will be undertaken during the next financial year, will entail the widening of the roadway, with the addition of two more lanes from the Alice Eldemire Drive intersection to Bogue Heights.
The upgrading is expected to ease traffic congestion when leaving the city of Montego Bay. The Bogue Road, located on the western end of the city and the Flankers main road located at the eastern end, have been the two main sore points in terms of congestion, and business operators have long complained about the loss of productive hours due to the time it takes to traverse those two roadways.
The problem with the Flankers road should be addressed under segment 2 (A) of NCHIP, which entails the upgrading to the roadway between Sangster International Airport and Rose Hall.
Meanwhile, the Ministry continues to implement several road improvement projects in the parish. These include the patching of more than 10,000 square meters of roadway, in addition to protective works and other repairs.
According to Dr. Ferguson, approximately $50 million is being spent on farm and community roads throughout the parish and expectations were that expenditure would increase during the coming financial year.