Gov’t Looking At More Ways To Alleviate Problems Faced By Commuters

Minister without Portfolio in the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation, Daryl Vaz, says the Government is working to alleviate some of the problems being faced by the commuting public as a result of ongoing road works in sections of the Corporate Area.

Motorists as well as users of public passenger vehicles in the Corporate Area complained bitterly Monday and Tuesday (September 10 &11) after facing gridlock traffic and long delays along major and minor roadways. This happened despite large numbers of police helping to monitor traffic at key intersections.

“We understand and we are working assiduously to try and better it. It won’t be perfect, and what we need to do is to see if we can shorten the time,’ Mr Vaz said.

Speaking specifically about the problems caused because of the closure of Three Miles, where a major road upgrading work programme is taking place, Mr Vaz said Government is looking at working hours and the possibility of night work in the area to enable the reopening of the crucial hub in less than eight months.

Mr Vaz was speaking at Wednesday’s post-Cabinet press briefing, held at Jamaica House in St. Andrew.

He said additional measures such as the dissemination of real-time information, installation of additional signs and alternative routes will be critical in minimising the prolonged delays that are being experienced. This, he said, will be achieved through a multi-agency partnership.

Mr. Vaz said the Government is fully aware of the concerns of the motoring public and commuters, and although it is a vexed issue, the benefits will far outweigh the negatives.

“It is not only about the improvement of roads and, of course, transportation – and time is critical to any growing economy – but most importantly, what you will be able to get in terms of improved sewerage, improved water supplies, improved telecommunication… There is a whole raft of benefits to road infrastructure improvement, so I ask for your patience and I ask for your sensitivity,” he added.

By Franklin McKnight

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