The government is to build a road to connect Marcus Garvey Drive to Spanish Town Road to reduce the congestion caused by the closure of the Three Miles Intersection, Kingston.
That intersection has been closed since last Monday, September 10, for eight months to allow construction of an overpass, and the widening of the surfaces coming into what is said to be one of the Corporate Area’s busiest hubs.
The two lane road to be constructed to get around the closed intersection will take just over five weeks, the Prime Minister has announced.
A contract has been signed by the Government, the National Works Agency (NWA) and the China Harbour Engineering Company (CHEC) for the construction of the new two-lane roadway between Chesterfield Drive and Marcus Garvey Drive.
Prime Minister Andrew Holness said at the signing on Monday, that the new road, being built as an overall traffic management strategy, comes at a cost of US$1 million.
“It will have a link from Chesterfield Drive, that is, coming off Spanish Town Road and this road will run alongside the existing rail track and take you down to Marcus Garvey Drive – thereby effectively bypassing Three Miles area and creating a new delegated route,” he said.
“[This road], I believe, will solve a significant part of the problem. When that road is completed, there will be no need for commuters coming into Kingston, heading downtown, to be diverted into my constituency,” the Prime Minister said, referring to routes through Olympic Gardens
Holness, who was speaking during a press briefing at the Office of the Prime Minister (OPM) in St. Andrew, also sought to soothe public uncertainty over the ongoing commuter delays around the Corporate Area.
“I want to apologise for the rough start of the new school year as it relates to traffic and I understand it must be very frustrating. So pardon our progress, but please remember your Government cares and is working on your behalf,” Holness pleaded.
The new project, which is expected to be completed at the end of October this year, will be 1.4 kilometres long and could take motorists an easy three-minute’s drive from Spanish Town Road to Marcus Garvey Drive.