The first phase of the $400-million, TEF-funded Ocho Rios Upgrading Project is now ready for execution and has formed the basis for a partnership between the Ministry of Tourism and Entertainment, through the Tourism Enhancement Fund (TEF), the Urban Development Corporation, and the Port Authority of Jamaica.
The first phase of the project will encompass the cruise ship pier, Turtle River Road, which runs from the pier to Main Street. It traces an oblong pattern from the pier going south to Main Street and east to the Jamaica Grande, and westerly, along a seaside boardwalk back to the pier. This stretch will be totally refurbished for the enjoyment of Jamaicans and visitors alike.
The overall project will undertake the total refurbishing and upgrading of the Ocho Rios cruise ship terminal. There will be improvements to Main Street, including work to be done on the sidewalks and improved landscaping.
Executive director of the Tourism Enhancement Fund, Clyde Harrison, described the project as "one of three major projects being initiated by the TEF, each of which will represent a major leap forward in the quality of Jamaica's tourism product; the other two being the restoration of Port Royal's Naval Hospital and the lighting of Montego Bay's 'Elegant Corridor', for which tenders are now being invited."
Work on phase one of the Ocho Rios project will begin immediately.