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Mixed feelings over toll road

Published:Tuesday | August 5, 2014 | 12:00 AM

While the ribbons will be cut and balloons set fly today, the opening of the north-south leg of Highway 2000 is not the best of news to all persons.

In addition to vendors at Faith's Pen who have said they expect to do less business as a result of bybass, a farmer at Phoenix Park, near Moneague, said critical infrastructure was missing.

"We need a overhead bridge because people caah cross (the highway)," Derrick Richards, a farmer in the area, said. He said that the fencing which screens people from getting too close to the highway has made access to some farms a nightmare.

"You haffi go ova a next man place fi go in a fi yuh place," Richards said.

Councillor upbeat

But Sydney Rose, the councillor for the Treadways Division in the St Catherine Parish Council, is upbeat about the potential that the highway holds.

"I expect employment for the people at the toll booth and in the various activities that will be taking place in the other commercial developments that are to be undertaken," Rose told The Gleaner.

He said that since the resumption of work along the highway, several persons have been expressing interest about acquiring lands along the corridor, which he said is a sign that the Mount Rosser bypass would not just be a road but an avenue for wealth creation in Treadways and surrounding communities.