‘The pain be­fore the baby is born’

NWA says Marcus Gar­vey road work to be com­pleted by March

Jamaica Gleaner - - RURAL GROWTH, INVESTMENT, JOBS - Ja­son Cross Gleaner Writer jo­van.john­son@glean­erjm.com

SOME POLITI­CIANS were late for Par­lia­ment on Tues­day and the rea­son they gave was that the traf­fic on Marcus Gar­vey drive was very heav­ily backed up.

Stephen Shaw, di­rec­tor of cor­po­rate ser­vices at the Na­tional Works Agency, has de­scribed the sit­u­a­tion as “the pain be­fore the baby is born”.

Some mo­torists who use Marcus Gar­vey drive daily, told The Gleaner yes­ter­day that they have a se­ri­ous prob­lem with the vol­ume of traf­fic they have to en­dure in the morn­ings as well as in the evenings to get from work.

Shaw re­vealed that burst pipes and a dys­func­tional stop light have been the main causes of the heavy traf­fic of late.

Those changes to fa­cil­i­tate the fix­ing of the pipes and the lights will con­tinue ev­ery other day, ac­cord­ing to Shaw and also be­cause of the na­ture of work that has to be done to com­plete the road.

“Al­most ev­ery two or three days (there are changes) be­cause of the na­ture of the work that is be­ing done in terms of the drainage in­fra­struc­ture on the north­ern side and at the same time do­ing base ac­tiv­i­ties. What is hap­pen­ing now is that we are try­ing to have the cor­ri­dor in a state of rea­son­able ac­cep­tance go­ing into the Christ­mas sea­son,” Shaw said.

“What we are try­ing to do is to com­plete the lift­ing of the road and see if we can get the con­crete base fin­ished to fa­cil­i­tate the paving. When we put down the con­crete base, we can­not al­low ve­hic­u­lar traf­fic on it for about four days.”

As it re­lates to the mud and dust that have been caus­ing big prob­lems for mo­torists, Shaw said it is a nec­es­sary in­con­ve­nience.

“There is no con­struc­tion ac­tiv­ity you are go­ing to un­der­take that you don’t find dust. As it re­lates to the mud, it’s be­cause of the type of ma­te­rial. If it rains, it is very well likely it will be­come muddy. That’s just the na­ture of con­struc­tion,” he told The Gleaner.

The pro­ject is slated to be com­pleted by March 2017, and Shaw was con­fi­dent that there would be sig­nif­i­cant progress by De­cem­ber this year.

NOR­MAN GRINDLEY/CHIEF PHO­TOG­RA­PHER

Mo­torists trav­el­ling along Marcus Gar­vey Drive in Kingston spend a lengthy time in traf­fic yes­ter­day as road con­struc­tion con­tin­ues.

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