Traffic flows smoothly as school year kicks off
The new Three Miles flyover bridge was opened Monday to facilitate back to school traffic. (PHOTOS: Marlon Reid)
There were no major road traffic problems Monday morning as the new academic year kicked off with thousands of students heading to school for the first day of classes.
A Loop News team assigned to assess the traffic during the peak morning hours, observed that it generally flowed smoothly.
It was expected to be a bottle-necked morning, even without the full complement of schools reopening on Monday. Traffic had been woefully grinding for months due to road work along Constant Spring Road, Hagley Park Road, South Camp Road and other parts of the Corporate Area.
On Friday, Manor Park was hell to negotiate. Traffic snarled and it was unbearable amid the road work in the area. But on Monday morning, on the first day of the new school year, traffic there was a breeze, helped by the addition of two south-bound lanes from the roundabout.
The smooth flow of traffic through Manor Park continued in the same vein in a southerly direction along Constant Spring Road.
The same thing obtained along Spanish Town Road. From Seaview Gardens to Three Miles, the traffic moved as could be expected at peak hour. It took less than 10 minutes to make that commute.
Operations Officer for the Jamaica Constabulary Force's Area Four, Senior Superintendent Steve McGregor was leading from the front.
“Things are not bad; it could be better but things are not bad,” he told Loop News.
Along Hagley Park Road, traffic snarled but it was not unusual given the circumstances.
The bridge that allows traffic from Portmore, St Catherine to Kingston was also opened and it was utilised by thankful motorists.
It is day one and it started out well.
The days following will be the true test as to the real mettle of how the road improvement will stand up to the start of the new school year.