Monday, January 26, 2015

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MONTEGO BAY, Jamaica — The National Works Agency (NWA) has started phase two construction of a $145 million eight-kilometre shared pathway for bicycle and pedestrian traffic along the Norman Manley Boulevard in Negril, Westmoreland.

Work commenced January 19 on the 2.5-kilometre stretch from the Grand Pineapple Hotel to the Couples Hotel, and is slated for completion on July 20. The contract has been awarded to Shercon Construction, projects manager at the NWA, Horace Cotterell said.

The entire project, from the Negril roundabout to the aerodrome, is being undertaken through funding from the Tourism Enhancement Fund (TEF).

"Phase one... started a year and a half ago from the bridge all the way to Pineapple (hotel); that was 1.5 kilometres. We are now doing phase two... and the next one will be from (Couples) all the way up to the aerodrome," said Cotterell.

The NWA officer, who was addressing a town hall meeting in Negril on Thursday (January 22), said that drainage works and the repairs of bridges along the boulevard, which were not included in the first phase of the project, will also be done during phase two.

He emphasised that care would be taken not to disrupt activities at hotels within the work path.

"We are aware that we are in the tourist season... the contractor will be working in 500-metre strips and he will dig and fix that section then move to another 500 metres; so as we dig, we will fix. We are not going to dig the entire 2.5 kilometres and then start fixing," he said.




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