SAN JUAN – Jamaica’s government announced Thursday the opening of the second section of Highway 2000, a $600 million project to connect the island’s northern and southern coasts.
Once complete, the road will link the northern resort town of Ocho Rios with Kingston, on the southeastern coast.
The central Linstead-Moneague segment opened in August 2014, while the stretch between Linstead and Caymanas, just west of Kingston, was completed this week.
Jamaican Prime Minister Andrew Holness said the scenic views along the route have the potential to make Highway 2000 a tourist attraction, while the creation of the north-south corridor opens space to light manufacturing and agricultural ventures.
“We have to develop the value opportunities for investors to come and not just drive on the road, but to build on the road,” he said.
Highway 2000, a public-private partnership between the Jamaican government and China Harbour Engineering Co., covers a distance of 66 kilometers (41 miles).
The segment connecting Ocho Rios to Moneague is scheduled to be completed later this year.