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NMIA had been warned of possible traffic pileup from nearby events — Henry

Wednesday, January 03, 2018

KINGSTON, Jamaica — Transport and Mining Minister, Lester Mike Henry, in light of the recent traffic pile-up on the Palisadoes strip en route to the Norman Manley International Airport (NMIA), said he had previously made recommendations to the authorities to prevent such an occurrence.

According to a release from the ministry today, the transport minister “ordered a high level NMIA Board Meeting and an urgent written report, to determine who at the NMIA discussed parking arrangements with the organisers of the event, knowing fully the impact it could have on the free flow of traffic along the corridor during the airport's busiest period of the new year.”

This, the ministry said, is against the background of his stated historic approach as to what the airport strip should have been from 2007, “a vision not shared by many…a boardwalk and four lanes among other things.”

The ministry informed that Henry had made the warning last year when there was also a traffic delay.

“This goes against the stated position of the Ministry of Transport and Mining, that no such party or entertainment event should be held between the Harbour View roundabout and the entrance to the Norman Manley International Airport,” stated the release.

Henry said it was regrettable that so many travellers were inconvenienced and that “much negative international spotlight shone on Jamaica so early in the New Year.”

He urged that plans left in place from the Government between 2007 and 2011 should be visited in order to prevent the country “from bleeding from short-sighted visions”.