Jamaica News: The Government has welcomed the opening of the new Chesterfield Drive extension road for its potential to create jobs and economic activities that spur economic growth.
Minister without Portfolio in the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation, Hon. Daryl Vaz, said opening up the area can facilitate the extension of port activities.
“I can see future development in and around this area based on the fact that there are vast parcels of land owned both privately and by government,” he said.
Mr. Vaz was speaking to journalists following a tour of areas surrounding the Kingston Wharves on December 3.
The extension road was commissioned into service on December 2. It was built to bypass Three Miles and a section of Spanish Town Road, where China Harbour Engineering Company (CHECH) is undertaking road development works.
The new road runs from the end of Chesterfield Drive, in the Seaview Gardens community, to Marcus Garvey Drive in the vicinity of the Tinson Pen Aerodrome.
Meanwhile, Mr. Vaz indicated that drainage cut as a result of the new thoroughfare will need urgent attention as industrial waste from businesses along Spanish Town Road has begun to seep into them.
“I am going to instruct the National Environment and Planning Agency (NEPA) to do tests to find who it is (that is responsible) and will serve notice on them. We already have a problem with natural rainfall. Debris around will also be cleared,” he said.
Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the National Works Agency (NWA), E.G. Hunter, in his remarks, said since the commissioning, traffic has been flowing steadily on the bypass.
He expressed satisfaction at the overall work and assured that clean-up will be done on the periphery of the roadway, so as to not disrupt the flow of traffic.
“We’re (also) still doing some last-minute patching… and we promised the community (of Seaview) to do more patching along Seaview Drive to improve their comfort, and that will be completed today (December 3), along with additional road markings. There are some we have to do on Marcus Garvey Drive,” he said.
For his part, Head of the Public Safety and Traffic Enforcement Branch (PSTEB), Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP), Calvin Allen, said the police will continue to keep close watch over the area.
“We know that this corridor will be heavily used, and as a result of that, we’re going to make sure that our presence is here, especially during the morning and evening peak hours, so that people can get to their destination within good time,” he said.
Source: JIS News