JIS News

Story Highlights

  • Free access to the North South Highway (Segment 2), Linstead to Moneague leg, will end at 12:00 AM, Saturday, September 6th.
  • Motorists will be charged a toll according to their vehicle’s classification as described in Jamaica Gazette Toll Roads Act, dated August 5, 2014.
  • For the “Class 1” vehicles that do not exceed 1.7 metres high and are less than 5.5 metres long a toll of $200 will be charged.

Free access to the North South Highway (Segment 2), Linstead to Moneague leg, will end at 12:00 AM, Saturday, September 6th, exactly one month after the Jamaica North South Highway Company Ltd. (JNSHC) opened up the dual carriage way to the public. Motorists who opt to take the 20 kilometer stretch of highway, that reduces their travel time between the two towns by approximately 30 minutes, will be charged a toll according to their vehicle’s classification as described in Jamaica Gazette Toll Roads Act, dated August 5, 2014.

For the “Class 1” vehicles that do not exceed 1.7 metres high and are less than 5.5 metres long a toll of $200 will be charged, for larger “Class 2” vehicles being more than 1.7. high but less than 5.5 metres long, or those not exceeding 1.7 high and are more than 5.5 metres long the cost will be $420, for trucks and vehicles more than 1.7 meters high and more than 5.5 meters long,  described as “Class 3” types, the cost will be $1000 per trip,  and the “Class 4” motorized two and three wheel vehicles  will pay  $160. Tolls will be collected at the Mount Rosser Toll Plaza in Treadways, St. Catherine.  There is no facility currently in place to accommodate tags therefore the tag lanes will not be used.

On being asked if he thought the tolls were reasonable Zhongdong Tang, General Manager of the JNSHC, said, “These charges can be viewed as being  offset for the motorists by the reduced petrol consumption and  wear and tear on their vehicles, plus they should consider the value time added on their trips where previously they had to drive a further distance on a much more narrow and dangerous road. Drivers can now relax and have a more enjoyable ride on a modern highway which needs to be maintained for safety and comfort, for which the tolls are necessary.”

The public should be notified that if vehicles enter the Jamaica North South Highway by error they will not be able to turn back until the end of the section of the completed highway between Linstead and Moneague and it is therefore recommended that motorists be aware of existing directional signs in those areas.

Reports are that drivers have become more aware of the unique characteristics of this section of the North South Highway, recently completed by China Harbour Engineering Company, and are complying to  the suggested easy, steady pace when climbing the 8 degree incline and slowing down their speed on the fairly steep descent. It is highly recommended the motorists  to stay within the 80 kilometer speed limit.

China Communications Construction Company Ltd.(CCCC),  the investor on  this project is engaged in a friendly, Build Operate and Transfer agreement with the Jamaica Government. CCCC is the parent company of China Harbour Engineering Company and the fifth largest infrastructure contractor in the world. They are seeking to complete the full length of the North South Highway from Kingston to Ocho Rios by December 2016.