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Gov’t working towards completing the Southern Coastal Highway Improvement Project this fiscal year

Published:Monday | June 10, 2024 | 7:27 PM
Minister without Portfolio in the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation with Responsibility for Works, Robert Morgan (foreground), highlights aspects of work along a segment of the Southern Coastal Highway Improvement Project (SCHIP), between Harbour View, St. Andrew and Golden Grove, St Thomas, to National Works Agency (NWA) Senior Director for Project Implementation, Varden Downer (left), and St Thomas Western Member of Parliament, James Robertson, during a tour on Friday (June 7). - JIS photo

The Government is working towards completing the Southern Coastal Highway Improvement Project (SCHIP) by the end of fiscal year 2024/25.

Minister without Portfolio in the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation with Responsibility for Works, Robert Morgan, who toured the Harbour View, St Andrew, to Golden Grove, St Thomas, segment on Friday, said he was pleased with the progress of the work.

“We hope that we will be able to complete this project before the beginning of the next financial year, because we understand the significant economic impact that it is to have on the residents of St Thomas and Portland, as well as an improvement of their lives, bringing them better water supply, bringing them better Internet and, also, better roads,” he stated.

Morgan said he will continue to monitor the project and work with the contractors as well as the National Works Agency (NWA) to see to it that the development is completed as quickly as possible.

“We did identify some issues but we're happy that the team is very responsive in resolving those issues,” he pointed out.

During the tour, Morgan also visited the $6-billion Morant Bay Urban Centre in St Thomas, which is under construction.

“We're very happy with the progress that is taking place there and we know that that will also be of significant benefit to the people,” he said of the 436,000 square-foot development.

The new centre will see more than 50 public and private-sector entities erecting structures and creating an estimated 3,000 new jobs for residents.

Among the entities that will be occupying the town centre are the St Thomas Municipal Corporation, St Thomas Parish Court and all other government agencies located in Morant Bay.

Several private-sector entities, including banks, business process outsourcing (BPO) companies and quick-service enterprises, will also take up space at the facility.

- JIS News

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