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Corporate Area traffic gridlock leaves commuters stranded

Monday, September 10, 2018

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KINGSTON, Jamaica — OBSERVER ONLINE has received several reports of traffic moving at a snail's pace across several areas of the Corporate Area and St Catherine leaving many commuters frustrated.

One commuter reported taking over three hours to get from Portmore in St Catherine to Half-Way-Tree, a commute which would normally take one hour to an hour-and-a-half.

“I left out 6:50 to catch the seven o'clock bus which is usually on time. But it didn't get to the bus stop until 7:37. When it got here passengers were upset but the driver said it was because of the traffic coming in from Half-Way-Tree.

“It has been like this from late last week,” the frustrated commuter told OBSERVER ONLINE.

It was reported that traffic was mostly at a standstill along several detours from Three Miles where there are major road work taking place.

“We deh pon the JUTC fi more than hour round a Waltham Park,” another commuter said.

“Then when we check a stock and think the traffic done now, a more traffic that deh pon Hagley Park Road,” he added.

Many have expressed that they (Government, police) need to manage the traffic properly because it's causing people to be late for work and school.

“Even if you come out early you still going buck up pon traffic,” another commuter said, adding that “this mess needs to be sorted out.

“It cya continue, them affi do sumn bout it,” she said.

The congestion is a result of several traffic changes in the Corporate Area as authorities divert traffic from the Three Miles intersection, which is currently being redesigned.

The roadway is being expanded to facilitate a double-tier overpass bridge which is being constructed as part of the Hagley Park Road Improvement Project.

The work, which includes the widening of the road from two to four lanes and the installation of new sewer, water and storm water drainage features, is valued at US$56.5 million. The project is scheduled to be completed in June 2019.

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