The National Road Operating and Constructing Company Limited (NROCC), also known as the Grantor, is a public company formed to represent the Government of Jamaica’s interest under a Concession Agreement signed in 2001 for the establishment, development, financing, operation and maintenance of a tolled highway.
NROCC entered into an arrangement with the Developer, Transjamaican Highway Limited (TJH) for the design, construction, operation and maintenance of the Highway 2000 toll road. The project was conceived as a public-private partnership and implemented as a build‑finance-operate and transfer (BFOT) 35-year concession scheme. NROCC also has the responsibility for monitoring the performance of the Developer to assure compliance with the requirements of the existing Concession Agreement and for monitoring new tolled roads which are added to the network. NROCC purchases properties affected by the Highway alignment on behalf of the Government of Jamaica and also provides partial funding to the project.
In 2012 NROCC signed a second Concession for the implementation of Phase 2 of the Highway 2000 project from Caymanas to Ocho Rios under a 50-year BFOT concession with Jamaica North South Highway Company (JNSHC).
It is envisioned that Phase 2 of the Highway 2000 project will meet the rapidly growing surface transport needs of the country by establishing a safe and efficient motorway axis linking Kingston and Ocho Rios by passing through the parishes of St. Catherine and parts of St. Ann. The Highway is the largest and most significant infrastructure project ever undertaken in Jamaica as well as the English speaking Caribbean. It features a four lane controlled-access, tolled motorway with fully grade separated interchanges and intersections built according to modern international standards.
The Highway 2000 project is divided into two main phases which are further sub-divided into sections as shown below:
Phase 1A (~46 km) – Kingston to Sandy Bay
Phase 1B (~ 10.5 Km) - Sandy Bay to May Pen
Phase 1C (~ 27.5 Km) – May Pen to Williamsfield
Phase 2A (~67 km) - Caymanas to Ocho Rios (Includes Mt. Rosser Bypass)
Phase 2B – Williamsfield to Montego Bay.
Phase 1A of the Highway was completed in 2006 July. Phase 1B was completed in 2012 August. Section 2 (Mount Rosser Bypass) of Phase 2A was completed in August 2014.
Construction of Phase 2A (Sections 1 and 3) was completed during the reporting period 2015/2016, and was opened in phases; with the entire Highway opened to the public on March 23, 2016. This project includes 9.37 M m3 of sub-grade of earth and stone, 587,000 m3 drainage works and masonry, 596m in total length of bridges, 97 mainline culverts, 1.15 M m2 asphalt concrete pavement, 5 interchanges, 1 service area and a tag express lane at each toll plaza.