Prime Minister Andrew Holness, announced that the construction of the long-awaited Montego Bay bypass in St. James is expected to begin next year.

Last June, Mr. Holness disclosed that the bypass would be financed through the Chinese EXIM-bank.

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The bypass is aimed at minimizing traffic congestion in Montego Bay.

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The Prime Minister says this is one of several projects being undertaken to protect the environment.

He pointed to his recent announcement regarding the Cockpit Country boundaries.

Mr. Holness says work is also underway to replace the heavy fuel used to operate Jamaica Urban Transit Company buses.

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