Barbican Road Upgrading Works, St. Andrew

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Barbican Road is a Class A road within the NWA Main Road Network. It is 3.57 km long and 7.76m wide and acts as a collector road for some eleven feeder roads.

The average vehicular speed along the corridor during peak hours is approximately 7km/h. In 2016 the daily traffic volume along the corridor was recorded at 26,000 vehicles. Designs to accommodate the road’s increasing capacity started back in the 1980s.

Due to the current low capacity of the roadway, a major urban bottleneck is created disrupting traffic flows from all directions.


Scope of Work

A contract in the sum of US$4.4 million was awarded to China Harbour Engineering Company (CHEC) on Thursday August 10 to undertake the following works:

Widening of 1.1km of the roadway to a four-lane carriageway with a concrete median comprising:

Barbican Road: Russell Heights to Jacks Hill Road

East Kings House Road – Barbican Road – Barbican Centre

Converting the one-way section of Barbican Road and one-way southbound section of East Kings House Road to two-way traffic
Installation of 1200mm of pipe culverts
New traffic signals at:

Birdsucker Lane

East Kings House Road

Jacks Hill Road intersection

Widening of the Bustamante Bridge (box culvert) at the intersection with Jacks Hill Road to accommodate four-lane traffic
LED Street lighting on top of concrete median
1.5m wide sidewalks
New signs, thermoplastic road markings and Raised Pavement Markers



The Barbican Road Upgrading Works is a Major Infrastructure Development Project (MIDP) designed and implemented by project engineers the National Works Agency (NWA) on behalf of the Government of Jamaica and the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation.

Project contractors are China Harbour Engineering Company Limited (CHEC).

The value of the contract for the works is US$4.4 million.

The project proposed start date August 25, 2017.

Duration of the project is four (4) months.

The National Water Commission (NWC) through a separate J$131 million project, will install new water and sewer pipelines. This component of the upgrading works will be executed by contractors Surrey Paving & Aggregates Limited in tandem with main contractor, CHEC.


Project Timeline: 
Monday, December 25, 2017