KINGSTON — The Ministry of Transport and Works will commence revetment work at Roselle, St. Thomas and complete construction of the Hope River Bridge and associated protective works, this fiscal year.
Funding of $4.3 billion is being channeled into the Transportation Infrastructure Rehabilitation Programme, which is being funded by the Government of Jamaica and the Inter American Development Bank (IDB) for the works to be undertaken.
The provision is contained in 2011/2012 Estimates of Expenditure, now before the House of Representatives.
Transport Minister, Mike Henry broke ground last August for the construction of a permanent bridge across the Hope (Dry) River, Harbour View, in eastern St. AndrewThe previous bridge was destroyed during Tropical Storm Gustav in August 2008, and since then, the National Works Agency (NWA) has built a two-lane ford (Bailey bridge), which is being used as the main traffic route.
The work to be done at Roselle is to repair approximately1.3 kilometres of failed roadway to protect the shoreline and the road.
The Transportation Infrastructure Rehabilitation Programme, which began in February 2008, aims to ensure the physical continuity of the primary road network by minimising the impact of flooding on the road system.
Since the inception of the programme, the Ministry has been able to complete designs and award construction contracts for the Hope River Bridge.
Following a number of extensions, the project is scheduled to end in October 2013.
By ATHALIAH REYNOLDS, JIS Reporter