Business Sector Urged To Seize Opportunities Coming With North-South Link Highway

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  • There is a call for the business sector to seize investment opportunities that are on the horizon, due to the building of the US$600 million North-South link of Highway 2000.
  • Minister of Transport, Works and Housing, Dr. the Hon. Omar Davies, says while the project is a major transformation to the country’s infrastructure, it represents a major boost to the North Coast and Kingston, as well as areas between them.
  • The Minister added that Kingston, as a cultural tourism destination, will be “fully exploited,” when the road is fully opened by March 2016.

There is a call for the business sector to seize investment opportunities that are on the horizon, due to the building of the US$600 million North-South link of Highway 2000.

Minister of Transport, Works and Housing, Dr. the Hon. Omar Davies, says while the project is a major transformation to the country’s infrastructure, it represents a major boost to the North Coast and Kingston, as well as areas between them.

“It opens up a range of possibilities for the development of housing. One could easily live in Ocho Rios, or along the way, and work in Kingston,” the Minister said at a media briefing, while on a tour of the project on December 10.

The Minister added that Kingston, as a cultural tourism destination, will be “fully exploited,” when the road is fully opened by March 2016. “I can see entrepreneurs moving cruise ship tourists from Ocho Rios to Kingston for a day tour,” he said.

The highway covers some 67.2 kilometres, beginning at Caymanas Estate in St. Catherine and ending at Mammee Bay, in St. Ann, where it will join the existing North Coast Highway.

Dr.  Davies said the highway will widen the range of attractions for visitors to the island, as they will be able to traverse more of the areas of the country. “The project also provides a basis for growth of several industries in Kingston,” the Minister added.

He pointed out that motorists are to start paying reduced toll fees to use the Linstead, in St. Catherine, to Unity Valley, in St. Ann, section of the road.

For his part, Managing Director of the National Road Operating and Constructing Company (NROCC), Ivan Anderson, said due to work on the Moneague section of the highway, persons will be exiting at Unity Valley.

He said the reduced toll fees could be effective as early as this weekend, or next week.

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