Highway 2000, Jamaica
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Highway 2000 is a 230-kilometer highway connecting Kingston, Jamaica, with Montego Bay and Ocho Rios, passing through the parishes of St. Catherine, Manchester, Saint Elizabeth, Westmoreland, Hanover, and Saint Ann. The highway is a four-to-six controlled-access, tolled motorway with grade-separated interchanges and intersections built according to modern international standards. Tolling of the highway is governed by a Tolling Policy.On September 15, 2009, Jamaica's prime minister, Bruce Golding, announced to Parliament that Highway 2000 was to be renamed in honour of Usain Bolt. However, a The Gleaner published on Wednesday August 25, 2010, stated that Bolt had rejected the honour.
The project is divided into two phases, with the second phase being further divided into two.
Phase 1A (~46 km)
- Bushy Park to Sandy Bay, Jamaica (13 km) - completed February 2004
- Kingston to Bushy Park (21 km) - completed December 2004
- Portmore-Kingston Causeway (5 km) - completed July 2006
Phase 1B (~37.7 km)
- Sandy Bay to May Pen - completed August 15, 2012
- May Pen to Williamsfield—land valuations are in progress
Phase 2A (~66 km)
The 66 km Highway 2000 North-South Link is expected to reduce travel time from Kingston to the North Coast town of Ocho Rios significantly. The construction will take place in 3 phases:
1. Mount Rosser Bypass (January 2013 to March 2014).
2. Caymanas to Linstead (May 2013 to December 2015)
3. Moneague to Ocho Rios (June 2013 to December 2015)
Williamsfield to Montego Bay—general alignment not yet clearly defined