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Stakeholders committed to Ocho Rios main street project despite rain delays

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

ST ANN, Jamaica — Despite the hampering of implementation works on Main Street in Ocho Rios, St Ann due to ongoing rainfall, the multi-government stakeholder agencies behind the project are pushing ahead to ensure that the town benefits from the works in 2018.

According to a release from the Urban Development Corporation, the contractor will put in place alternative methodology to continue the work under the supervision of the National Works Agency.

Meanwhile motorists and pedestrians are being encouraged to obey the instructions of the flagmen on the ground as all efforts will be made to minimise any traffic disruptions, the UDC said. The UDC said the road which serves as the major thoroughfare for pedestrians and motorists through the resort town saw preliminary works being initiated in November 2017 as part of the Ocho Rios Main Street Improvement Project which forms a part of the overall multi-billion dollar redevelopment programme for the town.

The eight- month project which is valued at about J$161 million has seen several government agencies collaborating in this phase extending for 400 metres from the Island Village Complex to the Ocean Village Shopping Centre. The works will include upgrading and repaving of the road, upgrading of drainage and water mains, landscaping works and widening of sidewalks.

The Ocho Rios Main Street Improvement Project is funded by the Tourism Enhancement Fund with Chin's Construction Ltd as contractors.