Pedestrians must now use overhead bridge to cross Mandela Highway

Saturday, May 18, 2019

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THE National Works Agency (NWA) says pedestrians will, as of today, be required to use the overhead bridge to get across the the six-lane dual carriageway along the Mandela Highway in St Andrew.

“As at midday on Saturday, May 18, 2019 (today), the temporary pedestrian facilities, including the pedestrian light and push button, at the Fresh River Bridge will be decommissioned,” said a release from the NWA yesterday.

“... As a result, pedestrians will no longer be allowed to cross the highway at road level. The change is being made to eliminate the added danger of persons now attempting to get across six lanes of fast-moving traffic,” said the agency's communication and customer services manager, Stephen Shaw.

Said Saw: “Come Saturday (today) pedestrians seeking to access either sides of the Mandela Highway, between Tom Cringle Drive and the Ferry Police Station, must use the overpass bridge to do so at all times.”

He said public passenger vehicles travelling from Kingston to Spanish Town should set down their passengers near the overhead bridge, only after clearing the ramp located along the carriageway. Pedestrians should thereafter walk along the right side of the ramp and overpass bridge to get onto the service road, from which the community's facilities, businesses and Tom Cringle Drive can be accessed. They will use the same route when returning to the westbound carriageway, said the NWA.

“The ramp, overpass bridge and service road have been designed with the necessary safety features inclusive of sidewalks, pedestrian crossings and guardrails. All road users are being urged to obey these directions in the interest of safety and good order,” the agency added.


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