Contract signed for Annotto Bay coastal protection project in Jamaica

Local and state officials in Jamaica have signed a $197 million contract for the Annotto Bay Coastal Protection Beach Nourishment Project in St. Mary.

Photo courtesy of Mark Bell/Jamaica Information Service

The contract was signed by the Jamaica Social Investment Fund Managing Director, Omar Sweeney; Minister of State in the Ministry of Labor and Social Security and St. Mary South Eastern Member of Parliament, Dr. Norman Dunn; and Operations Director, S&G Road Surfacing Materials Limited, Anthony Sampson at JSIF office in Kingston on Monday (April 15).

The scope of the work to be undertaken includes the construction of two groins, which will function as a trap to hold the sand in place, and the placement of sand along 244 meters (800 feet) of the existing beach.

This beach nourishment will extend 12 meters (40 feet) seaward from the existing slope. The final beach will sit approximately 1.5 meters (five feet) above sea level.

According to Mr. Sweeney, the project that will be executed under the Disaster Vulnerability Reduction Project (DVRP) is slated for completion in June.