Jamaica News: Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, toured the completed Barbican Road Upgrade Project today (June 1).
The US$4.4 million project was done under the Major Infrastructure Development Programme (MIDP).
The works at Barbican entailed significant widening and upgrading in the vicinity of the Barbican Centre, which is expected to alleviate congestion in the area.
The Prime Minister said the Barbican and other upgraded roads have been designed with law enforcement in mind.
“We have built into them technology. These areas will be monitored with the latest sensors and cameras. We are not building roads to make it easier for criminals to do what they do. These roads are built to make it harder for criminals,” he said.
The Prime Minister noted that the technology will enable the police to identify licence plates; identify individuals facially; and track persons through road crossings.
“If you are about to commit a crime, don’t drive through here,” he warned, in reference to Barbican Road, pointing out that this will be replicated throughout Jamaica, “because we must get on top of the criminals.”
The Barbican project is one of several legacy road projects under the MIDP which the Prime Minister visited in Kingston and St. Andrew.
He also toured the Constant Spring Road Improvement project; Mandela Highway Realignment and Reconstruction project; and the Hagley Park Road Improvement project
The legacy projects are aimed at significantly improving the targeted roadways to facilitate seamless travel by the commuting public.
Source: JIS News