Both the Government and Opposition can agree that this is a marvelous accomplishment and worth the wait. It is so easy to forget where we were coming from in terms of ‘Roads’. I for one used to lament at the length of time it took to traverse from Kingston to Portmore using the causeway. From Kingston to our resort towns I would literally feel ‘mash up’ as if I travelled to London England. Not to mention the wear and tear on the motor vehicle. Remember the days of serious potholes, where you dodge one only to land in a ‘worsera’ one. By the time ‘u sey who dat, u shocks gaan’. Talk about time is money, ‘nuff money lose’ as time meant nothing when traversing on the roads hoping to get to your destination on time.
Our Island is under 3 million but our landscape is vast and as such when you look at the highways, we must say honestly that it was long overdue and indeed a necessity. ‘Any ting free nuh good’ and so we must pay a fee that represents the quality of works carried out that will leave a huge savings on our pockets. If your journey is reduced by more than 45 minutes that is a big saving in itself and we must be mature about that reality. There is much more to come and much more is needed, however, progress has been made thus far considering we have more people owning and driving vehicles than we did 20 years ago. I will be bold enough to say there are those that have it good now as they would not have a clue as to the experiences I referred to in earlier paragraphs.
No more Flat Bridge and the Gorge for me!!!!!!!!
Bye, Flat Bridge
(Jamaica Observer) Friday, February 05, 2016 64 Comments
JAMAICANS now have a “real” alternative to the Bog Walk Gorge and the feared and ill-fated Flat Bridge which spans the Rio Cobre.
Come Monday, motorists will be able to bypass the gorge when the Angels to Linstead leg of the north-south link of Highway 2000 is opened to the public.
Yesterday Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller helped to cut the ribbon at the Angels Toll Plaza to officially open the link.
Motorists will be able to use the new section of the highway for a month without having to pay a toll.
Simpson Miller, in an address at the opening, said the construction of the highway was an indication of Government’s commitment to modernise Jamaica.
She said the entire north-south highway project, built by China Harbour Engineering Company, will “trigger massive investments” in housing and business along the route.
Omar Davies, the minister of transport, works and housing, said the new leg of the highway will have an immediate impact on the travelling public. “Not only will it radically reduce the travel time between Angels and Moneague [in St Ann], but it will make obsolete the challenges which have come to typify travel through the Bog Walk Gorge,” Davies said.
“Never again will flooding of the Bog Walk Gorge be the cause of delays and danger for the travelling public,” the minister added, in reference to lives lost and motorists trapped in the gorge during flooding.
Davies said that travel time between Caymanas, off the Mandela Highway in St Catherine, and Mammee Bay, in Ocho Rios, St Ann, will be 45 minutes or less when the other stretches of the North-South Highway are formally opened in a few weeks.
Mike Henry, the Opposition spokesman on transport, lauded the opening of the new highway leg, and again promised that trains will run again in Jamaica if his Jamaica Labour Party forms the next Government.