The wait is finally over.
Thousands of Jamaican motorists who traverse the sometimes treacherous Mount Rosser to get to their various destinations will undoubtedly be elated by the opening of the Linstead-Moneague segment of the North South Highway.
According to a report by the Observer, the formalities will take place tomorrow at China Harbour Engineering Company (CHEC) Americas’ Treadways Toll Plaza at 10:00 am. Special guests will include cabinet ministers, Members of Parliament, ambassadors and heads of several agencies.
Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller will give the keynote address.
The North/South link of Highway 2000 stretches from Caymanas in St Catherine to Mammee Bay in St Ann, crossing the Rio Cobre and bypassing Mount Rosser and the infamous Flat Bridge. The highway will travel
through the communities of Waterloo, Content, Giblatore and Wakefield in St Catherine. Nearby communities in St Ann include Phoenix Park, Golden Grove, Steerfield and Davis Town.
Work on the first segment of the highway, which connects Caymanas to Linstead, started in October and work on the third segment — from Moneague to Ocho Rios — started in November.
This was over three months behind the previously scheduled dates for the start of the first and third segments of the roadway. The first segment was scheduled to begin in May 2013, while the second section was to have begun in June 2013 with their expected completion dates in 2015. The new completion date for all three segments is now January 2016.
The North/South Link is expected to cost US$610 million, and will be financed by loans from China Development Bank and from equity provided by CHEC.
Source: Jamaica Observer