Jamaica road deal

20 March 2008

Jamaica's Government has given the go-ahead for a JMD 7 billion (US$ 103 million) contract with the Trans Jamaica/Bouygues joint venture to build the Mt Rossner bypass, according to a statement from the Jamaica Information Service (JIS).

Work on the bypass, part of Jamaica's Highway 2000 initiative, will link the cities of Linstead and Moneague. Work is expected to start in June and will take 30 months, said the statement.

The route, one of five sections of highway to be built under Phase II of the Highway 2000 initiative, aims to link the southern city of Spanish Town, to the west of the capital Kingston, with the Ocho Rios municipality, in the north of the country.

Funding will come from the Government of Jamaica and the European Commission.

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