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  • The official opening of the eastbound off ramp section of Highway 2000 near Old Harbour, St. Catherine, is expected to significantly benefit students and business operators utilizing the roadway from May Pen, Clarendon to access that town.
  • Transport, Works and Housing Minister, Dr. the Hon. Omar Davies noted that the return journey to Old Harbour from May Pen was sometimes time consuming and more expensive; however, with the road opening, travel time between the two towns will be reduced and be less costly to students.
  • Managing Director of TransJamaican Highway Limited, developers of Highway 2000 East-West, Guillaume Allain, said since its initial opening on December 23, last year, it has been a popular roadway.

The official opening of the eastbound off ramp section of Highway 2000  near Old Harbour, St. Catherine, is expected to significantly benefit  students and business operators utilizing the roadway from May Pen, Clarendon to access that town.

“This is of equal importance to May Pen as it is to Old Harbour. A large percentage of school children attending school in the May Pen and Vere areas are actually from Old Harbour,” said Transport, Works and Housing Minister, Dr. the Hon. Omar Davies.

He noted that the return journey to Old Harbour from May Pen was sometimes time consuming and more expensive; however, with the road opening, travel time between the two towns will be reduced and be less costly to students.

The Minister was speaking at a ribbon-cutting ceremony to officially open the roadway, on January 20.

Meanwhile, Managing Director  of TransJamaican Highway Limited, developers of Highway 2000 East-West, Guillaume Allain, said since its initial opening on December 23, last year, it has been a popular roadway.

“We hope that it will assist with economic development of the May Pen and the Old Harbour areas. This is exactly the reason for operating Highway 2000 East-West,” he said, adding that his company was quite pleased with this milestone.

For his part, Head of the Jamaica Constabulary Force’s Traffic Division, Senior Superintendent Calvin Allen, said the police in Old Harbour will be monitoring the area.

The senior policeman also endorsed the road’s opening, noting that travel time to Old Harbour will be reduced.

The eastbound off ramp comes with few changes to the speed limit of the area. Motorists approaching the area of the ramp will be permitted to travel at 80 kilometres per hour at maximum speed, while utilizing the ramp will require a limited speed of 50 kilometres per hour.