Mr. Holness, in his address at the official opening of the newly constructed highway, at the Caymanas Toll booth in St. Catherine, today (March 23), said the Government successfully negotiated the discount with contractors, China Harbour Engineering Company Limited (CHEC).
He said the Government will continue negotiations with the contractors in the upcoming months to reach a final equilibrium toll, which meets the investment obligations of CHEC, and its parent company, China Communications Construction Company (CCCC), as well as the people of Jamaica.
The proposed rates for drivers of Class One vehicles were $1,220 to travel the full route of the highway from Caymanas in St. Catherine to Mammee Bay in St. Ann; Class Two, $2,450; Class Three, $3,700 and Class Four (motor bikes), $600.
The proposed toll rates for the Linstead to Caymanas route were: Class One, $500; Class Two, $1,000; Class Three, $1,500; and Class Four, $250.
“Our government will always seek to secure the best interest of the people of Jamaica, whilst we maintain the commitments we have made,” the Prime Minister said.
He urged the public to be reminded of the alternate routes, which he said will continue to be see development.
Mr. Holness also advised that provisions have been made by the National Road Operating and Constructing Company (NROCC) for vendors from Faith’s Pen to conduct business in a designated area along the highway.
Meanwhile, Mr. Holness hailed as significant, the sheer magnitude of the 67-kilometre construction development, which was done at a cost of some US$600 million. “Indeed we have accomplished a great feat,” he said.
He emphasized that this represents a successful partnership between the Jamaican and Chinese governments, as well as the successful partnership between the peoples of the two countries.
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