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UPDATED: North-South link of Highway 2000 closes to facilitate official opening Wednesday

Published:Tuesday | March 22, 2016 | 3:07 AM
Workmen prepare the stage area at the Caymanas toll plaza this morning ahead of the official opening of the North-South Highway .
The North South link of Highway 2000 was constructed by China Harbour Engineering Company (CHEC) at a cost of US$610 million.
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The North-South link of Highway 2000 which runs from Caymanas in St Catherine to Mammee Bay in St Ann, was scheduled to be closed starting at midnight to facilitate its formal opening Wednesday.

A statement from the police says the highway will reopen at midnight on Wednesday.

Motorists should use the alternative routes during the period of the closure.

The North South link of Highway 2000 was constructed by China Harbour Engineering Company (CHEC) at a cost of US$610 million.

Under the concession agreement signed with the government in 2012, CHEC has the right to build, own and operate the toll road for 50 years.

The 66-kilometre highway can be accessed at six points namely Angels, Caymanas and Linstead in St. Catherine and Unity Valley, Lydford and Mammee Bay in St. Ann.

The Caymanas to Mammee Bay route has been touted by the previous government as one that will significantly reduce travel time between the capital Kingston and the North Coast.

NOTE: This story had previously said the highway would be officially opened today. That was incorrect. It will be closed starting midnight and will be officially opened Wednesday.