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Mount Rosser, here we come!

Published:Tuesday | August 19, 2014 | 12:00 AM


The journey to St Ann is one of my favourite road trips. I always anticipated the day when the Ocho Rios leg of the highway would open. I, like many other motorists, began to number the days using the Mount Rosser route, and recently, I got my opportunity to test the new bypass.

I had sought the advice of those who had tested the roadway and I was a bit worried to try it out for fear that I would join the motorists who had developed mechanical problems. Nevertheless, I braved it. I had nothing to fear, since my vehicle, a small car, had been serviced and was in tip-top shape.

As I started the highway with an adrenaline rush while taking in the beautiful view, I was jolted back to reality. Within 10 minutes, I wanted to turn back. At 40 miles per hour, holding a steady rev, my car slowly crept over miles and miles of hill that seemed never to end. Passing the Coaster buses filled with passengers felt surreal; they appeared to be going at 15mph. Their engines sounded as if they were about to explode because of the pressure.

So after what seemed like plenty minutes later, passing nine cars overheating or having mechanical problems, with a police car trying to give assistance, I finally reached the main road. There, I realised that there were no proper signs to point us in the direction of Ocho Rios.

My return trip saw me taking the trip to Mount Rosser since I realised that my return trip on the new highway could cause my brakes major challenges.

What is the use of creating a roadway that will only benefit very few citizens?

It is a lovely road, and I must commend the Government. However, while we are mindful of the hilly terrain, the purpose for which it was intended has been erased, since not even large units such as trucks and buses can use it without a challenge. SUVs are perfect, but not everyone can afford one. So like many other motorists, we gladly greet the Mount once more.