Holness reiterates government’s long-term plan for South Coast Highway

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Prime Minister Andrew Holness speaking at the groundbreaking ceremony for a business process outsourcing complex in Mandeville on Thursday.

MANDEVILLE, Manchester – Prime Minister Andrew Holness has reiterated the Government’s long-term plan for the South Coast Freeway to be extended to Montego Bay on the north-west tip of the island.

Work on the US$188 million May Pen to Williamsfield section of Highway 2000 is progressing rapidly and is expected to be completed by the March 2023 deadline.

The project – which will reduce travel time between Kingston, Mandeville and Points West – was originally due to complete in October 2022.

“This freeway that is being built will be extended to the south coast, down to St Elizabeth via Santa Cruz and back to Montego Bay. We have this long term plan for this road and a spur that would bypass Mandeville,” said said Holness at the groundbreaking ceremony for a business process outsourcing complex in Mandeville on Thursday.

At the western end of Mandeville, the main accident-prone Spur Tree, which connects the town and surrounding area to St Elizabeth and points west has been the scene of fatal accidents over the years, with motorists calling for a bypass.

Heavily laden and slow moving trucks often impede traffic on the steep and difficult grade.

Successive administrations have pledged to build a bypass road for Spur Tree Hill with plans to incorporate the bypass into a freeway project.

However, no timetable has been set for the start-up and completion of the project.

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