- The Linstead to Moneague segment of Highway 2000 will be completed in July and opened to the public in August of this year.
- Dr. Davies also informed that work “is progressing apace” on Section 1 of the highway, Ferry to Linstead.
- The Minister cited benefits of the toll road when completed, including the reduction in travel time.
Minister of Transport, Works and Housing, Dr. the Hon. Omar Davies, has announced that the Linstead to Moneague segment of Highway 2000 will be completed in July and opened to the public in August of this year.
“Completion of this section (Linstead to Moneague), will eliminate the delays all of us have become accustomed to, in traversing Mount Rosser,” Dr. Davies said.
The Minister was making his presentation during the 2014/15 Sectoral Debate in the House of Representatives on May 14.
Dr. Davies also informed that work “is progressing apace” on Section 1 of the highway, Ferry to Linstead; and Section 3, Moneague to Ocho Rios, which will meet the North Coast Highway just west of Dunn’s River.
“The target date of completion of these two sections is 2016,” he added.
The Minister cited benefits of the toll road when completed, including the reduction in travel time.
“The potential benefits in terms of economic activity lie in the exploitation of the lands along the highway for a range of developments. The investors in the highway, China Harbour, have clearly indicated that construction of the toll road, important as it is, is not an end in itself. Their plans involve development of commercial, housing and tourism assets in sections of the country, which are now inaccessible and will be made accessible,” Dr. Davies said.
He reiterated the need for the involvement of local entrepreneurs interested in long-term investments to pursue these opportunities and appealed to them to come forward with their ideas.
“I have made a presentation to a major pension fund manager that herein is a glorious opportunity for long term investment by Jamaican entrepreneurs. It would be ironic indeed, if a foreign firm demonstrates greater faith in the long term future of our country…than our local entrepreneurs. They see things in terms of using the road as a basis for development,” Dr. Davies said.