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Work on Montego Bay Bypass to begin next financial year

Published:Thursday | February 21, 2019 | 10:17 AM
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Work to construct the Montego Bay bypass in St James will begin in the  2019/2020 fiscal year with a $500-million allocation.

The sum is set aside in the 2019/20 Estimates of Expenditure, now before the House of Representatives.

The project aims to create a safe and reliable alternative route for motorists travelling within and across Montego Bay, resulting in reduced traffic congestion while opening up new lands to facilitate structured development.

To this end, the development will involve the construction of a 15-kilometre four-lane carriageway from Ironshore to Bogue in Montego Bay and the rehabilitation of intersections within the city.

Thus far, Cabinet has approved the contract for the works. 

Activities targeted for 2019/20 include commencement of the land acquisition process; and commencement and completion of the design for programmed civil works.

Funding is being jointly provided by the Government and the China Exim Bank.

The National Operating and Construction Company is the implementing agency.

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