MANDEVILLE — Work is underway on the Christiana Development Road project in Manchester, and is slated for completion by the end of the year.
The project, budgeted to cost some $700 million, is being undertaken as part of the Jamaica Development Infrastructure Programme (JDIP), and involves constructing a one-kilometer road on the outskirts of the town of Christiana. The two-lane roadway, complete with traffic signals, will ease traffic in the town centre, and open up opportunities for business and housing developments.
Speaking at the groundbreaking ceremony on Thursday (Jan. 20), Minister of Transport and Works, Hon. Mike Henry, said the project will boost the economy of the area, and create more space for the movement of people.
“To the community…this is a programme for economic advancement. Quality is going to be the hallmark of this programme, and the quality has got to be understood everywhere and by everyone,” he said.
Meanwhile, Minister of Finance and the Public Service and Member of Parliament for North East Manchester, Hon. Audley Shaw, said the road will bring development to Christiana.
He said that the project will create opportunities for employment for skilled workmen, but warned against any form of industrial action that might result in a delay in the completion of the road.
“We are ensuring that as many people in the area as possible get employment out of this project. Those who are professional masons and so on, standby, because there will be opportunities for you to be able to get work.
“We don’t want in Christiana to have any industrial problem; we want to have a smooth operation over the next months, so that we have the project properly implemented on time,” Minister Shaw said.
By GARFIELD L. ANGUS, JIS Reporter