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Work resumes on MoBay's Hip Strip

Thursday, June 28, 2012    

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MONTEGO BAY, St James — THE National Works Agency (NWA) has restarted the $71 million rehabilitation project along the Gloucester Avenue — also called the Hip Strip — in Montego Bay, that was suspended last December.

The project, which originally got underway in September last year, is being executed by local contractor, Surrey Paving and Aggregates Ltd.

It involves the removal of worn asphalt and the paving of the roadway with asphaltic concrete, as well as the construction of drains and repair of sidewalks.

According to the NWA, the project will complement earlier works to rehabilitate the roadway in the vicinity of the Sangster International Airport which was completed in September.

The NWA said in an effort to minimise disruptions in the flow of traffic along the corridor, the concrete works are being executed during the daytime, while other works will be undertaken between the hours of 9:00 pm and 6:00 am.

Meanwhile, the NWA has commenced improvement works along a section of the Elegant Corridor in Rose Hall, St James, which is expected to cost $12 million.

According to the NWA, the Urban Development Corporation (UDC) has contracted its services to construct a box culvert in the vicinity of the newly constructed Montego Bay Conference Centre in Rose Hall.

The project involves the replacement of the smaller capacity box culvert, which is now in use, with a larger one. "This project is aimed at bolstering the drainage systems in the area, especially in light of the increased run-off following the construction of the Montego Bay Conference Centre," the NWA said.

Community Relations Officer for the NWA's Western Region Janel Ricketts says that in order to ensure minimal disruption to the flow of traffic during the period of work, two lanes of traffic will remain open to the public at all times.

The project is funded by the UDC and is being executed by local contractor, Seal Construction.

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