Featured Prime Minister Andrew Holness today (September 12) met with the senior management of the National Works Agency (NWA), the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) and the China Harbour Engineering Company (CHEC) regarding the current traffic challenges due to major roadworks taking place across the Corporate Area.
KINGSTON, Jamaica Sept 12, 2018 - Prime Minister Andrew Holness today met with the senior management of the National Works Agency (NWA), the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) and the Chinese construction firm China Harbour Engineering Company (CHEC) to discuss solutions to the current traffic challenges due to major road works taking place across the Corporate Area.
During the meeting Prime Minister Holness instructed that more must be done to inform the public of traffic changes as well as a more efficient management of traffic and diversions.
The Prime Minister noted his deep concerns for the displacement that some persons have suffered and gave the public officers, including CEO of the NWA, E.G. Hunter and Commissioner of Police, Major General Antony Anderson clear directives to have the traffic situation resolved.
In that regard, the NWA has been instructed to give specific designated routes for the public especially for the alternate route for the Three Miles, Hagley Park and Constant Spring areas.
The Prime Minister also underscored the need for the NWA to move immediately to improve the signage along the designated routes, consequent on the closure of the Three Miles intersection.
Prime Minister Holness said that the police must ensure adequate security presence is maintained along the designated routes in order to reduce the likelihood of further inconvenience to the travelling public.
The NWA noted that with the support of the police, they will continue to make adjustments to the traffic flow to assist in reducing travel time. The NWA also said several unforeseen incidents contributed to significant build up over the last two days. Specifically, the fire on Ashenheim Road yesterday and a broken water main on Constant Spring Road today.
The Prime Minister has also given directives that communication by the police and the NWA regarding the works and the impact on the roads be improved in order to allow members of the public to take the necessary action when planning their routes. This should result in daily peak hour briefings in the media.
Prime Minister Holness also stated that the Government was actively looking at some other alternatives regarding traffic flow around the Three Miles area, especially as it relates to operators of large trucks and articulated vehicles.
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