Editorial

The road not yet travelled

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

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The proposed thoroughfare from Spanish Town Road, via Seaview Gardens onto Marcus Garvey Drive, thus bypassing the Portia Simpson Miller Square, or Three Miles, St Andrew, reinforces the old adage: “A stitch in time saves nine”.

Prime Minister Andrew Holness said the bypass was on the cards for a few years but the crisis caused by the road construction at Three Miles had forced the decision to implement it now. Whether that is exactly so or not, the decision makes sense.

We are with all Jamaicans who are gleeful about the road construction that is under way, such as at the Mandela Highway, Constant Spring Road and the Three Miles intersection. We are very pleased that the Government seems determined to carry it forward. Barbican Square was completed earlier this year.

Too often we had to wait for road improvements only when the island welcomed a significant visitor, such as The Queen or any member of the royal family, or a president of a major country, as was the case with the visit of United States presidents Mr Ronald Reagan and Mr Barack Obama.

Our point here is that we should not wait until the crisis is upon us to do what seems a no-brainer. Traffic is growing before our very eyes daily as more people opt to acquire motor vehicles.

Surely, there are people in Government who are looking ahead, thinking ahead and planning ahead where the development of this country is concerned. We are at the stage where crisis management can no longer be the order of the day.

In this respect, we believe the call by GraceKennedy for more of its employees to take advantage of the benefits of flexible work arrangements, amid the growing frustration and valuable man hours lost due to traffic congestion, primarily in the Kingston Metropolitan Area, is worthy of consideration.

The company has also urged corporate Jamaica to do the same as it believes that this should help to reduce the traffic congestion, due in part to the large-scale road construction work on the major thoroughfares named above.

Jamaica has considered flexible work arrangements, involving staggered working hours, in the past but for some unknown reason we have been unable to implement it in a meaningful and sustainable way.

“Given the ongoing road work, we believe it is important for Corporate Jamaica, which employs a large percentage of the workforce, to explore this option,” GraceKennedy said. We wholeheartedly agree.

Had Jamaica persevered with this flexible work week proposal, it would have come in very handy at this time. We note that GraceKennedy admitted that it had adopted such a policy from as far back as 2014 but did not implement it in a serious way.

Our planners must get serious about their jobs. Those who worked on the plan to get the road construction projects going missed the boat by not anticipating the congestion they would cause. We are still a small island.

It is never going to be enough to say a project is badly needed. We have to go a step further and assess the possible fallout, and thereby plan for it.

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