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Free access to Mount Rosser bypass ends at midnight

Published:Friday | September 5, 2014 | 9:00 AM

As of tomorrow, motorists will be required to start paying toll on the North-South Highway.

Free access to the Linstead to Moneague leg of the highway ends midnight, exactly one month after the Jamaica North-South Highway Company Ltd (JNSHC) opened up the dual carriage way to the public.

Motorists who opt to take the 20-kilometre stretch of highway, which reduces the travel time between the two towns by approximately 30 minutes, will be charged a toll according to their vehicle's classification as described in the Jamaica Gazette Toll Roads Act, dated August 5, 2014.

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.

For larger Class 2 vehicles, being more than 1.7 metres high but less than 5.5 metres long, or those not exceeding 1.7 metres high and are more than 5.5 metres long, the cost will be $420.

For trucks and vehicles more than 1.7 metres high and more than 5.5 metres long, described as Class 3 type, the cost will be $1,000 per trip.

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; therefore, the tag lanes will not be used.

"These charges can be viewed as being offset for the motorists by the reduced petrol consumption and wear and tear on their vehicles," said Zhongdong Tang, general manager of the JNSHC.

NO TURNING BACK

He said motorists should note that if they enter the Jamaica North-South Highway by error, they will not be able to turn back until the end of the section of the completed highway between Linstead and Moneague, and it is therefore recommended that they familiarise themselves with the directional signs in the area.

Reports are that drivers have become more aware of the unique characteristics of this section of the North-South Highway, recently completed by China Harbour Engineering Company, and are complying with the suggested steady pace when climbing the eight-degree incline, and cutting down on their speed on the fairly steep descent.

Tang has recommended that motorists stay within the 80-kilometre speed limit.