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China Harbour to spend US$610m for North-South Highway

Published:Wednesday | December 5, 2012 | 12:45 PM

Livern Barrett, Gleaner Writer

China Harbour Engineering Company has announced that it will be spending US$610 million to construct the North-South link of Highway 2000.

The company says it will also be paying US$120 million to the National Road Operating and Construction Company, as re-imbursement for the incomplete Mount Rosser bypass road between Linstead in St Catherine and Moneague in St Ann.

The North-South link of Highway 2000 will be 66 kilometres in length and will allow motorists to travel from Kingston to the resort town of Ocho Rios in less than an hour.

The highway will be constructed over three years starting with the first leg from Caymanas to Linstead in St Catherine next May and ending with the final leg from Moneague to Ocho Rios in St Ann in December 2015.

Meanwhile, Vice President of China Communications Construction Company, Chen Yusheng, said the project will have a profound effect on Jamaica’s economic growth, as it will help the country to serve the entire Caribbean and the eastern coast of the US.

He was speaking at the launch of the project in Linstead, St. Catherine this morning.

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