Mandela Highway Reconstruction Project 97 Per Cent Complete

The National Works Agency (NWA) is reporting that the Mandela Highway Realignment and Reconstruction Project is 97 per cent complete. The National Works Agency (NWA) is reporting that the Mandela Highway Realignment and Reconstruction Project is 97 per cent complete.The highway, which spans St. Andrew and St. Catherine, is a key thoroughfare that links Kingston with Jamaica’s northern, western and southern regions.Senior NWA Communications and Customer Services Officer, Ramona Lawson, told JIS News that although the roadway is open to vehicular and pedestrian traffic, corrective and tidying up works are continuing, primarily in the region of Tom Cringle Drive.“These include the construction of a roundabout for large articulated vehicles accessing locations along the roadway, as well as extending the service road east of Tom Cringle Drive to serve entities located in that area of the project. These activities will continue into the summer,” she outlined.Meanwhile, Ms. Lawson is urging persons using the highway, particularly pedestrians, to adhere to the safety guidelines.“We continue to implore pedestrians to use the overpass bridge, which is equipped with pedestrian facilities to include sidewalks, pedestrian crossings and the necessary safety signs,” she said.Ms. Lawson said the NWA has noticed, “with some trepidation”, that a number of pedestrians, including students, refuse to obey these instructions and have been attempting to cross six lanes of traffic, citing this practice as “very dangerous”.She said the agency is keen and focused on reinforcing and improving safe access to the corridor, particularly for pedestrians, while reminding motorists that the traffic signals at the crossing by the Fresh River Bridge have been decommissioned.The US$64-million Mandela Highway Realignment and Reconstruction Project involves road construction works comprising extensive soft soil treatment, construction of a 3.5-kilometre six-lane corridor with a two-lane overpass bridge, two new three-lane bridges at Fresh River, a two-lane service road adjacent to the main roadway to facilitate the development of Caymanas Estate, and upgrading of the Six Miles Interchange.The development is part of the Government’s ongoing legacy road projects being implemented by the NWA.It represents a continuation of works to improve the island’s road network in order to enhance the quality of life of citizens and stimulate economic growth and development.The project falls under the Major Infrastructure Development Programme (MIDP), and is being executed by China Harbour Engineering Company Limited (CHEC). Story Highlights Senior NWA Communications and Customer Services Officer, Ramona Lawson, told JIS News that although the roadway is open to vehicular and pedestrian traffic, corrective and tidying up works are continuing, primarily in the region of Tom Cringle Drive. The highway, which spans St. Andrew and St. Catherine, is a key thoroughfare that links Kingston with Jamaica’s northern, western and southern regions. read more

Grange Government Leading Way for Women in Sport

The Minister of the Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, the Honourable Olivia Grange, says her government is embarked on a programme to provide greater support for and give better access to women and girls in sport. The Minister of the Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, the Honourable Olivia Grange, says her government is embarked on a programme to provide greater support for and give better access to women and girls in sport.Addressing the FIFA Women’s Football Convention in Paris, France on Friday, Minister Grange said the Government of Jamaica was “leading the way” in creating a more friendly environment for women in sport.Minister Grange said:“Women in sport do not get as much support [as men] and so women’s football has its challenge in Jamaica. However, government leads the way in [providing greater access]. In introducing our various sports competitions at the primary and kindergarten school level, we’ve insisted that at least three girls must play on the team with the boys. So we’re institutionalising recognition and promoting of women in sport.”Minister Grange also told the FIFA Convention that the government was working “very closely with the Jamaica Football Federation to ensure that the support is there for women’s football.”Minister Grange is in France as a special guest of FIFA. She will attend the senior Jamaican team’s inaugural game at the Women’s World Cup on Sunday.Minister Grange said the Reggae Girlz historic qualification to the Women’s World Cup had “created waves throughout the country and throughout the Jamaican Diaspora and the Caribbean. They are icons and we are extremely proud of them and they have served to inspire many young girls who now want to play football.”Recently, Minister Grange announced new rules for local sports federations to access funding from the Ministry of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport (including the Sports Development Foundation). The rules require federations to give greater support to special olympians, paralympians, women and girls.The Ministry, through the Institute of Sports, has also awarded equal prize money for girls and boys teams in its Primary Schools football and netball competitions. Story Highlights Minister Grange said:“Women in sport do not get as much support [as men] and so women’s football has its challenge in Jamaica. However, government leads the way in [providing greater access]. In introducing our various sports competitions at the primary and kindergarten school level, we’ve insisted that at least three girls must play on the team with the boys. So we’re institutionalising recognition and promoting of women in sport.” Addressing the FIFA Women’s Football Convention in Paris, France on Friday, Minister Grange said the Government of Jamaica was “leading the way” in creating a more friendly environment for women in sport. read more