Motorists will be able to bypass the historic Flat Bridge when the Angels to Linstead leg of the north-south link of Highway 2000 will be open to the public on Monday (February 8).
The Angels to Linstead leg of the highway, built by China Harbour Engineering Company, provides Jamaicans with an alternative to the dangerous Flat Bridge in the Bog Walk Gorge, which has been the main route for persons travelling from Kingston to the North Coast.
Motorists will be able to use the new leg of the highway for a month without having to pay a toll.
On Thursday, Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller helped to cut the ribbon at the Angels Toll Plaza to officially open the highway link.
Speaking at the official opening yesterday, Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller noted that the main objective of the new roadway is to upgrade the country’s infrastructure and assist in providing economic opportunities for growth and job creation.
She said over 2,000 persons are currently employed on the project, more than 1,500 of them Jamaicans.
Omar Davies, the minister of transport, works and housing, said that travel time between Caymanas, off the Mandela Highway in St Catherine, and Mammee Bay, in Ocho Rios, St Ann, will be 45 minutes or less, when the other stretches of the North-South Highway are formally opened in a few weeks.