Major Corporate Area traffic changes for back-to-school period
For the first time in many months, traffic is to be allowed along the entire stretch of Hagley Park Road in St Andrew come Monday, September 2, when the Three Miles area will once again be opened to vehicular traffic.
The National Works Agency (NWA) has advised that the two bridges (flyovers) that were constructed as part of the overall works will be put into service just in time for the start of the new school year.
Manager, Communication and Customer Services at the NWA, Stephen Shaw, advised in a statement on Wednesday, that motorists travelling from the direction of Marcus Garvey Drive and the Portmore toll road, heading to Half-Way Tree, will use the higher level bridge, while those along Spanish Town Road, heading to or from downtown Kingston, will use the lower structure.
Shaw said the NWA has ramped up a number of activities in the Corporate Area and St Catherine in preparation for the opening of schools next Monday.
With a number of road projects still to be completed, Shaw said the NWA is focussed on ensuring that critical corridors are available to the motorists.
“Among the activities being undertaken in preparation for the new school year is the placing of the first layer of asphalt on all the corridors, and the installation of traffic signals at some critical points.
Works continue along Constant Spring Road, Hagley Park Road, Barbican Road, Camp Road and Port Henderson Road,” said Shaw.
He stated that the stretch of Constant Spring Road from Manor Park to West Kings House Road will be opened to the motoring public. This means that four lanes of traffic will be accommodated, unlike the start of the last school year when only two lanes were available to the public, which at times had to be reduced to a single lane.
As part of the overall strategy to reduce delays, Shaw said some 12 additional points across Kingston and St Catherine will be controlled by traffic signals. These include Cassava Piece Road, Manning’s Hill Road and Hillman Road, along Constant Spring Road; and Keesing Avenue, Omara Road and Three Miles along Hagley Park Road.
Shaw said the NWA also intends to have traffic signals in operation at Germaine Road, Pepperwood and the Naggo Head/Newlands intersection in Portmore, St Catherine, as well as at Acadia Drive in Barbican, St Andrew.
Temporary lane markings are also being done, as the NWA seeks to reduce conflicting movements and inappropriate use of the newly-laid corridors.
Shaw said the NWA has also had meetings with key stakeholders, including the police, the Transport Authority (TA), the Ministry of Education and the Jamaica Urban Transport Company (JUTC).