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No undue traffic delays expected with Kingston, St Andrew SOE — Holness

Sunday, September 23, 2018

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KINGSTON, Jamaica — Prime Minister Andrew Holness says the declaration of a state of public emergency (SOE) in sections of Kingston and St Andrew will not affect the flow of traffic leading in and out of the Corporate Area.

Holness, who was speaking at a press conference on security matters held at the Office of the Prime Minister this morning, declared a SOE that encompasses parts of the Kingston Central, Kingston Western and St Andrew South Police Divisions. The SOE took effect today and is expected to initially last for 14 days.

Affected corridors include Maxfield Avenue, Waltham Park Road and Marcus Garvey Drive, which are currently being used as alternative routes for motorists to access the Corporate Area following the closure of the Three Miles intersection to facilitate work on the Hagley Park Road Improvement Project.

Holness said significant planning has gone into the declaration of the SOE and consideration was given to the traffic flow, the back-to-school period, the hurricane season and the period leading up to the Christmas holidays.

He also refuted claims that the SOE would lead to further chaos in the Corporate Area, especially along corridors currently being used as alternative routes as roadworks continue on Hagley Park Road.

“I doubt that would be the case,” he said, adding that “the planning that went into this exercise (the alternative routes) long preceded the declaration... it was built into the operational stance of the state of public emergency. I give the assurance that there should be no undue delay”.

He further reasoned that the SOE will give greater resources to the direction of traffic in the declared areas, and assured that persons conducting commerce and other activities in the areas can do so with peace of mind.

The SOE comes on the heels of major chaos in the Corporate Area at the start of the new school year earlier this month, when scores of motorists were forced to detour to avoid the traffic gridlock resulting from the closure of the Three Miles intersection.

The boundaries of the SOE are as follows:

From the north:
The starting point is the intersection of Oakland Road and Spanish Town Road, which extends north-easterly along Oakland Road; south-easterly along Waltham Park Road; north-easterly along Delamere Avenue; easterly along Delacree Road and Maxfield Avenue; southerly along Maxfield Avenue; easterly along Rousseau Road; southerly along Lyndhurst Road; onto Studio One Boulevard. The end point is the intersection of Studio One Boulevard and Slipe Road.

In the east:
The start point is the intersection of Studio One Boulevard and Slipe Road, which extends southerly along Slipe Road; onto Orange Street; westerly along Harbour Street; southerly on Pechon Street; and southerly on Ocean Boulevard to the shoreline in the vicinity of the Kingston Craft Market.

In the South:
The start point is the corner of Ocean Boulevard south of Kingston Crafts Market and extends north-westerly along the shoreline to the south-western corner of the PetroJam compound.

In the West:
Starting point is the south-western corner of the PetroJam compound. Boundary extends north-easterly along the western end of the PetroJam compound to a point of intersection with Marcus Garvey Drive; north-westerly along Marcus Garvey Drive to the intersection of Marcus Garvey Drive and Fourth Street; onto Third Avenue; onto Sixth Street; north-easterly along a short segment of track onto MOU's Trail to its intersection with Spanish Town Road; north-westerly along Spanish Town Road to the start point at Oakland Road.

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