Jamaica New: Effective Sunday, September 2, the National Works Agency (NWA) will be implementing major traffic changes, particularly in the Three Miles area, as part of its Corporate Area traffic management plan and back-to-school preparations.
Communication and Customer Services Manager for the NWA, Stephen Shaw, made the announcement during a press conference held on August 29 at the agency’s Maxfield Avenue address in Kingston.
He said traffic will not be allowed to enter the Three Miles intersection from Marcus Garvey Drive.
“Access to Three Miles from the direction of Marcus Garvey Drive will be restricted, save and except for local traffic, meaning persons doing business in that area. They will not be able to drive from Marcus Garvey Drive on to Hagley Park Road or on to Spanish Town Road, as is now the case,” he pointed out.
Additionally, traffic from Portmore to Half-Way Tree will have to travel along Marcus Garvey Drive on to East Avenue then to Maxfield Avenue and on to Half- Way Tree.
Meanwhile, East Avenue will operate as a one-way to the north, and Maxfield Avenue will be converted into a one-way going north from Richmond Park Avenue.
Motorists will no longer be able to turn left from Balmoral Avenue on to Maxfield Avenue.
A tour of the principal corridors within the Corporate Area road network to which traffic will be redirected was also conducted. This is contingent on the general road works as part of the overall traffic management of the city.
Mr. Shaw said only persons doing business in the Three Miles area will be allowed access at all times.
He also noted that as of September 9, restrictions will be in effect for persons wishing to travel from Six Miles to downtown Kingston. “You will not be able to travel through Three Miles in the way that you can at this time,” he informed.
Mr. Shaw listed several alternative routes for persons wishing to travel towards downtown Kingston, including Washington Boulevard or the Portmore Toll Road.
Persons can also turn left from Spanish Town Road on to Penwood Road, on to Bay Farm Road, turning right on to Waltham Park Road where they will travel south along that corridor to the intersection of East Avenue, Maxfield Avenue, Waltham Park Road and onward to Spanish Town Road.
Persons can also use the Olympic Way to Mahoe Drive detour to make their way to Hagley Park Road.
Chisholm Avenue and Oakland Road will operate as a one-way going west from Balmoral Avenue.
New traffic signals have been installed indicating changes to the road network to facilitate work being done in these areas.
Mr. Shaw said the NWA will be enlisting the help of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) Public Safety and Traffic Enforcement Branch (PSTEB) to ensure that persons are able to adapt to these traffic changes as quickly as possible.
Launched on August 9, the new branch, which is a merger of the JCF’s Traffic and Highway Patrol and the Motorised Patrol Divisions, will have primary responsibility for public safety in town centres and major roadways, beginning with the Kingston Metropolitan Region and Montego Bay.
It is comprised of a roving motorcycle team that will provide rapid response to breaches of public order and teams that focus on safety along the major thoroughfares.
Head of the new branch, Senior Superintendent Calvin Allen, said the PSTEB is working with the NWA to minimise the impact of these changes, particularly with the opening of schools on Monday.
“We have over 35 intersections that we will be giving particular attention to. As the unit responsible to deal with traffic order enforcement, we are committed to ensuring that we have in place a strong deployment of personnel to manage these changes. You will see an increased presence of the police to ensure order and safety,” he said.
Source: JIS News