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Toll-free drive ends midnight tomorrow

Motorists to start paying to use North-South link of Highway 2000

Friday, September 05, 2014    

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FREE access to segment two of the North-South link of Highway 2000 — Linstead to Moneague leg — will end at midnight tomorrow, exactly one month after its official opening.

Motorists who opt to take the 20-kilometre stretch of highway, which reduces their travel time between the two towns by approximately 30 minutes, will be charged a toll according to their vehicle's classification.

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, while for larger "Class 2" vehicles that are more than 1.7 metres 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. trucks and vehicles more than 1.7 meters high and more than 5.5 metres long, described as "Class 3", the cost will be $1,000.

Meanwhile "Class 4" motorised 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 at that toll plaza so the tag lanes will not be used.

"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," Zhongdong Tang, general manager of Jamaica North South Highway Company Ltd, said in a release yesterday.

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

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