Mandela Highway upgrade 90 per cent complete

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

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KINGSTON, Jamaica — The Mandela Highway Realignment and Reconstruction project is just over 90 per cent complete, it was revealed in a release from the National Works Agency (NWA) which quoted senior communications officer of the organisation, Ramona Lawson.

Lawson said activities on the highway are now focused on pavement work, with several sections in the vicinity of the Six Miles Interchange asphalted recently.

She noted that the first lift of asphalt has been applied to the ramp on the west-bound carriageway, which will be used to access the overhead bridge, while adding that the Q-ramp on the opposite side has been prepared for asphalting.

“Both the west-bound and east-bound carriageways along Washington Boulevard up to Duhaney Drive will also be paved, so for the next week or so activities on the project will concentrate on paving these areas,” she said.

Lawson further pointed out that construction work on the second half of the box culvert near Six Miles is now complete, and works are ongoing to get the area up to base level and to prepare it for paving.

The Mandela Highway, which spans St Andrew and St Catherine, is a key thoroughfare in the nation's road infrastructure, which serves to link Kingston and the northern, western and southern sections of Jamaica.

The US$64-million Mandela Highway Realignment and Reconstruction project involves road construction works comprising extensive soft soil treatment, construction of a 3.5-kilometre six-lane corridor with a two-lane overpass bridge, two new three-lane bridges at Fresh River, a two-lane service road adjacent to the main roadway to facilitate the development of Caymanas Estate, and upgrading of the Six Miles Interchange.

The project falls under the Major Infrastructure Development Programme and is being executed by China Harbour Engineering Company Limited.

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