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August 25, 2014
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North-South Highway gradient safe for travelling

Following complaints by road users regarding the eight per cent gradient along a five-ilometre section of the recently opened North-South Highway, representatives of the National Road Safety Council (NRSC) and the Jamaica Automobile Association (JAA) are satisfied that the slope is safe and comfortable for travelling, this after travelling the highway on Thursday.

According to Dr Lucien Jones, vice-chairman of NRSC, based on their assessment, motorists with well-serviced vehicles should have no problems travelling along the new highway.

"We can assure the public that the highway is a good addition to our road network. We recommend the road in terms of safety and quick passage to and from the Moneague area," Dr Jones said. "We found the eight per cent gradient over five kilometres quite easy to navigate, but also appreciate that vehicles which are not roadworthy may be challenged. The road is no worse than that when driving up Spur Tree or Winston Jones Highway as both have steeper gradients than the North-South Highway."

Duane Ellis, general manager of the JAA, said they found no major fault. "It is a tremendous benefit for road users, because it really does cut the travelling time. If we use it correctly, we will have a lot of happy travellers on that road," he said.

He encouraged motorists not to speed on the highway: "At reduced speeds this road will take us on the other side significantly shorter. I drove it at 50 kilometres per hour and it took me half the time it would have taken me to drive through Mount Rosser, so there is no need to speed on it."

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