Traffic changes extended at Melrose Hill Bypass, Manchester
Stephen Shaw, manager of communication and customer services at the National Works Agency,addressing Tuesday's meeting of the Rotary Club of Spanish Town at the Police Officer's Club inKingston. (Phot: Garfield Robinson)

Traffic arrangements now in effect at Melrose Hill, Manchester will remain for another three months, according to the National Works Agency (NWA).

The changes, which are in effect since May 8, were to come to an end on November 30. However, the agency, in a statement, said it has been extended until February 2023.

According to the NWA, the changes, which were put in place to facilitate the construction of a box culvert, included the closure of a section of the Melrose Hill Bypass.

Manager of Communication and Customer Services, Stephen Shaw, said the extension of the traffic changes was approved as the works being done as part of the Southern Coastal Highway Improvement Project (SCHIP) are incomplete.

At the same time, Shaw is reminding motorists that resulting from the closure, traffic from Porus towards Williamsfield will continue to use a limited section of the existing Melrose Bypass.

Additionally, traffic from the direction of Williamsfield towards Porus will be redirected from the round-a-bout to the Old Melrose Hill roadway, and the Old Melrose roadway will continue to facilitate two-way traffic for the benefit of the communities it accesses.

The works being done along the Melrose Hill Bypass are being implemented by the National Road Operating and Construction Company and form part of the project to extend the East/West Toll Road from May Pen, Clarendon to Williamsfield in Manchester.

The existing Melrose Hill Bypass is being upgraded to four driving lanes.

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