Contract signed for MoBay perimeter road
A US$274.5-million contract has been signed for the Montego Bay Perimeter Road Project, which will see construction of a 14.9-kilometere bypass of the city. This is expected to create a safe and reliable alternative route for motorists travelling in that direction.
It will also assist in reducing traffic congestion within the city.
The scope of work includes the construction of the Montego Bay bypass road, rehabilitation of Barnett Street and West Green Avenue, as well as the construction of the Long Hill bypass (10.5 kilometres).
A drainage study of the Montego Bay bypass area is also to be conducted under the project.
The Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation entered into the contractual agreement with the China Harbour Engineering Company Limited (CHEC) for the entity to carry out the works.
It is expected that the project will open new areas to the south of Montego Bay for development and expansion, giving access to lands for housing development.
Prime Minister Andrew Holness said that a minimum of 90 per cent of the unskilled workers must be Jamaicans. In addition, a minimum of 50 per cent of the skilled workers must be Jamaicans.
The prime minister said other provisions under the contract are that the contractor, in partnership with the Human Employment and Resource Training /National Service Training Agency (HEART/NSTA) Trust, is required to develop and implement a training programme for the transfer of knowledge and technology to Jamaican workers as on-the-job-trainees under the Knowledge and Technology Transfer Programme.
The project is being financed through the Government of Jamaica's Consolidated Fund and implemented by the National Road Operating and Constructing Company (NROCC).
He said the Montego Bay Perimeter Road Project, which will incorporate climate-smart technology, signals the Government's thrust in this regard.
"This project will help with our resilience. The way the road is constructed and designed, it is unlikely to be impacted by flooding ... . We are building the complete infrastructure, so that, whatever weather events that would occur as a result of climate change, we have adapted our infrastructure to account for that. So, where there are these unexpected weather events, we should be able to continue to move traffic in Montego Bay ... . All our infrastructure is being built with that in mind," Holness said.