PM Launches Road Maintenance Programme for Northern Coastal Highway
Portia Simpson-Miller launched a Performance-based Routine Road Maintenance
Programme for the Northern Coastal Highway on Wednesday, January 25 at Salem in
The Programme is
one of the major components under the Inter American Development Bank (IDB)
financed Road Improvement Project and will be funded through an IDB loan of
$10M. The loan is geared towards providing support for road safety and
performance based road maintenance.
Speaking at the
launch, Prime Minister Simpson-Miller said that she was very pleased to be
associated with the programme and used the opportunity to pay tribute to the IDB
whose loan is funding the Programme.
“On behalf of the government and people of Jamaica, let me express appreciation
to the IDB for its continued assistance in helping us to achieve our national
development goals,” she said. She told the IDB that, “You have our assurance of
the highest level of probity and integrity in the execution and management of
Also speaking at
the Launch was Minister of Transport, Works and Housing, Dr. the Hon. Omar
Davies who stressed that the Programme would be administered in a non-partisan
way. He said that the programme was designed to quite apart from improving the
aesthetic appeal of the corridor, give a number of persons a chance to be
gainfully occupied by way of a job. He noted that the Ministry was firmly behind
the programme and would do everything to ensure that it achieved the desired
Partnering with the
Ministry of Transport, Works and housing to undertake the implementation of the
Programme will be the National Solid Waste Management Authority (NSWMA), the
National Works Agency and the HEART TRUST/NTA. The HEART Trust/NTA and the NSWMA
will be responsible for the formal training of individuals from the various
Training will be
undertaken in: the operation and maintenance of weed whackers; basic landscaping
and plant car; proper cleaning and manicuring of verges and medians as well as
the proper use of safety gears. Some 700 persons are expected to be employed to
In a word of
caution, to users of the corridor, PM Simpson-Miller admonished persons to use
it with care as there have been too many accidents on the roads in recent times.
To this end, she asked that persons obey posted instructions and flagmen who
might be place on the project during the implementation of the work. She also
asked those persons engaged in the work to show respect to all persons with whom
they may come in contact.
Coastal Highway spans Negril in the west, covering Montego Bay, Ocho Rios all
the way back to Port Antonio in the east.