Holness Outlines Highway Construction Plans

Prime Minister Andrew Holness says the Government has not abandoned plans for the construction of the South Coast Highway Improvement Project.

The project is expected to connect Morant Bay in St. Thomas to Harbour View in East Kingston. The overall cost for the project is USD$384-million.

Mr. Holness says the project will be financed via funding arrangement with the Chinese EXIM-bank.

Prime Minister Andrew Holness addressing a media conference at the Office of the Prime Minister this afternoon. His comments come a day after Finance Minister Audley Shaw suggested that the project could be shelved because it’s not viable.

Earlier this afternoon the Gleaner online reported that Works Minister, Everald Warmington had contradicted Mr. Shaw.

Minister Warmington reportedly indicated that the project would go ahead. Minister Shaw told the media briefing this afternoon that he was misquoted.

Prime Minister Holness says at no time did the Government consider abandoning the project.

And Prime Minister Holness says that the National Road Operating and Construction Company, NROCC, will develop a toll road which will bypass Montego Bay.

That initiative is projected to cost USD$120-million.

Prime Minister Holness says the Government will also be extending the toll road from Maypen in Clarendon to Williamsfield in Manchester.

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