Spanish Town Road-Marcus Garvey Drive Bypass Nearing Completion But…

The US$ 1million road project to connect Spanish Town Road and Marcus Garvey Drive may not make the proposed end-of-October deadline initially set out.

Visits to the ongoing road construction by Jamaica Today earlier this week, show the bypass at an advanced stage but nowhere near the October 2018 deadline announced in September by Prime Minister Andrew Holness.

Holness, who spoke at the signing, gave the China Harbour Engineering Company (CHEC) five weeks to complete the two-lane, 1.4-kilometer roadway to ease traffic woes brought on by the closure of the Three Miles intersection in St. Andrew.

Now nearing that deadline, the mounds of marl and un-asphalted lanes clearly show significant delays in construction.

It is unclear if the recent rains put a sizeable dent in CHEC’s activities, however, Jamaica Today was reliably informed that the deadline was pushed to around the end of November.

The bypass, which starts from Chesterfield Drive and runs adjacent to the railway line in the area, is expected to create a dedicated access route to Marcus Garvey Drive for traffic coming from the Mandela Highway.

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