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Free access to North South Highway and Highway 2000 during Hurricane Matthew

Published:Saturday | October 1, 2016 | 10:54 PM

Transport Minister Mike Henry has instructed the operators of the North South Highway and Highway 2000 to open the highway to free access to motorists when Hurricane Matthew makes its final approach to the island. 

He says this should be done during and immediately after the passage of the system as well, noting that he will, in a subsequent Release advise of the starting time when this should be done.

Meanwhile, he is advising motorists not to enter the toll booths demanding free passage before he makes the declaration. The free passage being granted to motorists is in keeping with the terms and conditions of the Toll Roads Act.

The Minister has advising motorists, in particular, those who operate public passenger vehicles to, as far as possible, be off the roads as the storm approaches. Further, he says, he is pleading with motorists and the general public not to attempt to access flooded roadways or to remove fallen power lines that may be a conductor of electricity.

“I am taking this opportunity to appeal to everyone within the shores of Jamaica to ensure that you take all the necessary precautions to ensure your safety and that of your property even as the Government activates Emergency Plans, during the passage of the hurricane”, the Minister emphasised.