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Govt, CHEC sign US$19 million contract for widening of Constant Spring Road

Wednesday, December 06, 2017

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KINGSTON, Jamaica — Prime Minister Andrew Holness and China Harbour Engineering Company (CHEC) yesterday signed a contract at Jamaica House for the Constant Spring Road corridor to be improved to a four-lane roadway.

According to a release from the Office of the Prime Minister today, the proposed programme of works to be carried out by the National Works Agency in partnership with CHEC is slated to cost US$19 million. The project is aimed at improving the quality of the roadway from Norbook Drive to the Red Hills/Eastwood Park intersection.

“It is critical to our overall plan to improve commuting not only within the city of Kingston but between Kingston and the adjoining parishes. The Constant Spring road literally connects air and seaports to the tourism dependent parishes of St Mary and Portland,” explained Prime Minister Holness.

He added that the improvement is expected to making travelling to northern parishes easier, and open up development opportunities for the area.

“We are expecting that in conjunction with the road development we will start to see development of housing and commercial real estate in that area,” Holness said.

He stated that some 30,000 vehicles currently use the two-lane corridor carrying approximately 1,600 vehicles per hour. This is expected to double after the completion of the project.

The OPM said that in keeping with the Government’s standard approach to major development projects, the opportunity will be taken to upgrade the storm water drainage system along the roadway and install new sewer and water lines.

“We are taking this important step which is becoming the norm in executing infrastructural projects across the country. We want to have all-round improvements so it’s not just about the road, but more efficient potable water and sewage systems,” said Holness.

In the meantime, the OPM said the Prime Minister is appealing to motorists to use the roads safely, especially during this Christmas season.

“We are not making them smoother and wider for them to become racecourses. We want you to get where you’re going fast enough but more than that we want you to get where you are going alive. So we encourage all Jamaicans to take care, on our roads,” he urged.

According to the OPM, the Constant Spring road improvement project is the fourth of six legacy projects that will be implemented under the Government’s Major Infrastructure Development Programme (MIDP).

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