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Road Safety Council, JAA pleased with Linstead-Moneague leg of Highway

Published:Saturday | August 23, 2014 | 5:01 PM

The National Road Safety Council (NRSC) and the Jamaica Automobile Association (JAA) say they are satisfied that the Linstead to Moneague leg of Highway 2000 which was opened earlier this month is safe for motorists.

That assessment comes amid complaints by some drivers that an eight per cent gradient along a five-kilometer section of the highway is too steep and, therefore, unsafe.

However, after traversing that section of the highway along with representatives of the JAA on Thursday, chairman of the NRSC Dr Lucien Jones said the slope is easy to navigate and adds that persons with well-serviced vehicles should have no problems.

Jones says the NRSC can assure motorists that the highway is a good addition to the country’s road network.

General Manager of the JAA Duane Ellis says his group found no major fault with the highway and cautioned drivers to use it correctly.

China Harbour Engineering Company (CHEC), the company responsible for the construction of the highway, has revealed that there are several in-built safety features on the new thoroughfare.

Those features include a designated climbing lane and two escape lanes to help slow down vehicles travelling down the slope.

CHEC engineer Damian Anderson says the climbing lane was created for slow-moving vehicles and urged motorists who are not accustomed to the new highway to use it when going up the slope.

Anderson says the escape lanes have what he calls two gravel-filled arrester beds to help bring vehicles to a safe stop.

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