Friday, March 11, 2016
THERE has not been an official opening, but motorists yesterday began using the North-South link of Highway 2000 from the Caymanas intersection, which will cut travel time to Mammee Bay in St Ann to under one hour.
|North-South Highway in Jamaica|
Built by China Harbour Engineering Company (CHEC), at a cost of US$730 million, the highway is one of the biggest developments in the nation for several decades. In addition to cutting travel time to the north coast, it now allows motorists to bypass the treacherous Bog Walk Gorge and Mount Rosser, which has been a struggle for trucks carrying heavy loads, sometimes causing a large pile-up of traffic.
Yesterday, the Opposition People’s National Party (PNP), which monitored the construction of the expressway while it was in power, up to last month, said it is something worth appreciating as it will vastly contribute to the national productivity of the nation.
“With the completion of this project, the People’s National Party, on behalf of the People and Jamaica, celebrates the successful opening of this phase — the centre piece of a number of projects that were conceived and brought to life by the previously led Portia Simpson Miller Administration,” a PNP release said. “This leg has significantly opened rural communities to greater development while allowing easy access to key areas of the island,” it added. The financing of the highway was negotiated by the previous Jamaica Labour Party Government, led by Bruce Golding, which had also contracted CHEC to carry out several projects under the Jamaica Infrastructure Development Programme. The Chinese company was subsequently engaged by the PNP Government to carry out several infrastructural projects, in addition to the highway.
The Opposition PNP said it will continue its work to ensure that Jamaica continues making strides to become a modern society that can better provide for its people.