New USD$1.6bn Harbour View to Portland Highway

The Government today disclosed details of its declared intentions to build a highway connecting Harbour View in east Rural St. Andrew to Port Antonio in Portland.

It says the highway is projected to cost of USD$1.6-billion.

The project, dubbed the South Coast highway, is expected to be completed in four years and is to be built by China Harbour Engineering Company, CHEC.

The Minister with responsibility for Information, Senator Sandrea Falconer, made the announcement today at the Jamaica House media briefing.

Minister Falconer says the government will not be required to spend anything during the construction of the highway.

Meanwhile the Manager of Major Projects at the National Works Agency, NWA, Alfonso Marshall, says several million dollars will have to be spent on buying properties from private land owners to facilitate the highway construction project.

Meanwhile, CHEC has been awarded a $700-million contract to rebuild the 1-hundred year old Kupius Bridge in Clarendon.

The contract was signed today between CHEC and the Ministry of Transport, Works and Housing.

The works form part of the multi-billion dollar Major Development Infrastructure Programme, MIDP.

The new bridge is a major part of plans to improve the roadway from May Pen in Clarendon to Discovery Bay in St. Ann.

It’s also central to major works now underway from Sour Sop Turn to Chapleton in Clarendon.

Just over $1-billion is being spent to rehabilitate this 10 kilometre stretch of roadway.