MoBay By­pass traf­fic stud­ies be­gin

Jamaica Gleaner - - ENTERTAINMENT -

THE NA­TIONAL Works Agency (NWA) has com­menced traf­fic sur­veys at sev­eral points in St James in a bid to gather data to be used in the plans for the con­struc­tion of the pro­posed Mon­tego Bay By­pass.

Ac­cord­ing to the com­mu­nity re­la­tions of­fi­cer for the NWA’s West­ern Re­gion, Janel Rick­etts, there have been many calls for a by­pass of the bustling city cen­tre due to the traf­fic con­ges­tion.

“As pro­duc­tive sec­tors in­crease, it is an­tic­i­pated that the vol­ume of traf­fic will con­tinue to grow and com­pound an al­ready trou­bling sit­u­a­tion,” Rick­etts said.

TRAF­FIC COUNTS

“The sur­vey in­volves traf­fic counts and in­ter­views with mo­torists to de­ter­mine their travel pat­terns. The ar­eas which are be­ing tar­geted in­clude the in­ter­sec­tion of the Bogue Road and Alice Eldemire Drive; Fair­field Av­enue and Barnett Street; the North Coast High­way and Mor­gan Road in­ter­sec­tion; Salt Spring and Green Pond road­way. The sur­vey will also tar­get the Por­to­bello main road,” she added.

Presently, mo­torists trav­el­ling through Mon­tego Bay are forced to en­dure long de­lays along the 2.31-kilo­me­tre Howard Cooke Boule­vard, es­pe­cially dur­ing peak hours.

Rick­etts said the sur­veys are be­ing ex­e­cuted by the Na­tional Road Op­er­at­ing and Con­struc­tion Com­pany and the NWA with the sup­port of the Ja­maica Con­stab­u­lary Force.

In Jan­uary this year, pres­i­dent of the Mon­tego Bay Cham­ber of Com­merce and In­dus­try, Glo­ria Henry, called for the fast­track­ing of the Mon­tego Bay By pass., which she said, was a pri­or­ity for stake­hold­ers due to the bil­lions of dol­lars in in­vest­ment pro­jected for the city over the next five years.

Vet­eran Mon­tego Bay de­vel­oper Tony Hart, has been call­ing for the cre­ation of the by­pass for more than a decade, ar­gu­ing that there could be ma­jor prob­lems in the near fu­ture if this is not done to sup­port on­go­ing de­vel­op­ment.

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