Jamaica News: The Government is to pursue opportunities for competitive sources of financing, to undertake a proposed third infrastructure development programme to significantly improve aspects of Jamaica’s transportation network.
This would be the potential successor to the soon to be concluded Major Infrastructure Development Programme (MIDP).
This was disclosed by Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, during his contribution to the 2019/20 Budget Debate in the House of Representatives, on March 19.
He informed that while the scope for the initiative – the Greater Infrastructure Development Programme (GIDP) – remains under discussion, it is anticipated that the final scope would likely follow the framework established with the MIDP.
“The projects selected for this second phase of major infrastructure development are based on technical recommendations, our economic development plan, and climate smart considerations, such as our Master Drainage Plan,” Mr. Holness said.
Some of the projects being considered and planned include, but are not limited to, a proposal for a Ring Road around the Kingston Metropolitan Area (KMA); extension of the Mandela Highway Improvement Works, from the East West Toll Road Ramp to the Old Harbour roundabout; and improvements to the Half-Way Tree area.
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The project will also see the construction of several bypasses to both improve travel time and create potential for expansion of several townships. These include Lucea bypass in Hanover; Hopewell bypass in Hanover; Annotto Bay bypass in St. Mary; Long Hill/Anchovy bypass in St. James; and Port Maria bypass in St. Mary.
It will also involve drainage projects to include Marcus Garvey Drive and Maxfield Avenue in the Corporate Area; May Pen, Santa Cruz, Port Maria and Montego Bay and various other storm-water drainage projects across the island.
The Prime Minister also informed that a component of this new programme is the incorporation of upgrade/restoration works to bring light railway solutions to passenger operations as an economical option for multi-modal transport within and between urban centres.
“This will not be a roadworks programme, but a true infrastructure programme, integrating road development, water and waste water, drainage, bridges, transportation and ICT and smart city infrastructure,” he explained.
Source: JIS News