Mandela Highway upgrade 90% complete — NWA

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

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KINGSTON, Jamaica — The Mandela Highway Realignment and Reconstruction project is just over 90 per cent complete, says Senior Communications Officer, National Works Agency (NWA), Ramona Lawson.

Lawson said activities are now focused on pavement work, with several sections in the vicinity of the Six Miles Interchange recently asphalted.

She noted that the first lift of asphalt has been applied to the ramp on the westbound carriageway, which will be used to access the overhead bridge, adding that the Q-ramp on the opposite side has been prepared for asphalting.

“Both the westbound and eastbound carriageways along Washington Boulevard up to Duhaney Drive will also be paved, so for the next week or so, activities on the project will concentrate on paving these areas,” she said.

Meanwhile, Lawson pointed out that construction work on the second half of the box culvert near Six Miles is now complete, and works are ongoing to get the area up to base level and to prepare it for paving.

The Mandela Highway, which leads from St Catherine into St Andrew, is a key thoroughfare in the nation’s road infrastructure, linking the capital Kingston to the northern, western and southern sections of Jamaica.

The US$64-million Mandela Highway project involves road construction works comprising extensive soft soil treatment, construction of a 3.5-kilometre six-lane corridor with a two-lane overpass bridge, two new three-lane bridges at Fresh River, a two-lane service road adjacent to the main roadway to facilitate the development of Caymanas Estate, and upgrading of the Six Miles Interchange.

The development is part of the Government’s ongoing legacy projects being implemented by the NWA.

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