Major road improvement projects to be completed by the end of 2019

A section of Mandela Highway, which has been widened to accommodate more lanes and seamless vehicular flow.
A section of Mandela Highway, which has been widened to accommodate more lanes and seamless vehicular flow.

The National Works Agency (NWA) is reporting that the multibillion-dollar legacy road infrastructure upgrading projects, aimed at improving traffic flow in the Corporate Area and Westmoreland, should be completed by year end.

The projects fall under the Government of Jamaica’s Major Infrastructure Development Programme (MIDP), which is being financed through a concessionary loan from the Government of the People’s Republic of China and the Export-Import Bank of China.

These developments are the US$56-million Hagley Park Road Improvement Project, the US$1.1-million Barbican Road Upgrade Project, US$19-million Constant Spring Road Improvement Project, the US$64-million Mandela Highway Realignment and Reconstruction Project, and the US$24.9-million Ferris Cross to Mackfield Project.

Work under way on a section of Constant Spring Road in St Andrew

NWA’s communication and customer services manager, Stephen Shaw said that “steady progress” is being made on the projects, which are at varying stages of completion.

“We are working with a view to having the activities completed, certainly by the end of the year,” he said.

Shaw said that 95 per cent of the Hagley Park Road development has already been done, pointing out that “it is our intention to bring that figure closer to 100 before the end of October”.

He says the second layer of asphaltic concrete has been laid, which should result in motorists experiencing smoother travel on the road.

 Work in progress along a section of Camp Road in St Andrew.
Work in progress along a section of Camp Road in St Andrew.

The NWA representative said that the focus has shifted to paving activities on all the side roads, pointing out that “we also have some work to complete along Spanish Town Road in the vicinity of the overhead bridges.” He added that work will also be done on the sidewalks.

Meanwhile, he said that the second phase of upgrading works, just beyond the Acadia intersection along Barbican Road is about 98 per cent complete.

As for the Constant Spring Road improvement project, Shaw said that it is 85 per cent complete while the US$64-million Mandela Highway Realignment and Reconstruction project is 99 per cent complete.

The Communication Manager also informs that the Ferris Cross to Mackfield Road in Westmoreland is nearing 100 per cent completion. The work on Camp Road in Kingston is 65 per cent complete, he said.