State funeral to affect vehicular traffic
As Jamaicans lay to rest the country's third native governor general, Sir Howard Cooke, vehicular and pedestrian move-ment in sections of downtown Kingston into Cross Roads will be affected.
With the state funeral set to begin at 10 a.m., the direction to government ministries in the vicinity of the National Heroes Circle, Sir Howard's final resting place, will be altered.
For organisations such as the Ministry of Public Service, Ministry of Labour and Social Security, the front entrance on North Street in Kingston will be closed to vehicular traffic from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m
Motorists are asked to use the back entrance along Lockett Avenue in Kingston Gardens. Pedestrians will have access to the ministry under police directions.
The police say South Camp Road between Merrion Road in front of the Traffic Court and East Queen Street and all roads leading on will be closed to vehicular traffic. This corridor will be used exclusively by VIPs and others attending and leaving the service.
Jamaica Urban Transit Company (JUTC) buses and the general traffic travelling from Up Park Camp direction will be diverted on to Merrion Road to use Upper Elletson Road to Victoria Avenue onto East Queen Street, South Camp/East Queen Street/Victoria Avenue.
Traffic from the direction of the sea, East Queen Street or Victoria Avenue, intending to use South Camp Road, will not be allowed. JUTC buses that normally use South Camp Road will instead travel along Victoria Avenue to Upper Elletson Road to Merrion Road back onto South Camp Road.
NORTH STREET CHANGES
North Street between South Camp Road and Duke Street and all roads leading on will be closed to vehicular traffic. Access will only be given to motorists attending the funeral.
JUTC buses and the general traffic travelling along North Street from west to east will not be allowed. They will, instead, turn left on to Duke Street. On reaching Heroes Circle, they will make the left to West Heroes Circle, right on to North Heroes Circle, left on to Marescaux Road and left on to Caledonia Avenue heading to Cross Roads.
East Street between Charles Street and South Heroes Circle and all roads leading on will be closed to the general motoring public. This corridor is designated the 'official route' for the funeral procession from the church to the south gate of National Heroes Park.
Marescaux Road between North Heroes Circle/Connolly Avenue and Duke Street at South Heroes Circle and all roads leading on will be closed to vehicular traffic.
Motorists travelling from Cross Roads direction along Marescaux Road or from Connolly Avenue will be diverted along North Heroes Circle in front of Wolmer's Boys' School to access Torrington Avenue or Upper King Street.
Provisions will be made for residents of Allman Town and Kingston Gardens to exit their communities by using Arnold Road which is to the rear of the communities.
Vehicles belonging to govern-ment officials and foreign heads of government will wear stickers marked 'State Funeral'.
Other VIPs will enter North Street from South Camp Road where they will disembark their vehicles at the junction of George Headley Drive and North Street, make their way on foot to the church. Their vehicles will be directed to the designated parking areas.
The general public will park prior to the start of the funeral and shuttled to the church by buses. On completion of the shuttle service, these buses will park at Sabina Park.
No parking will be allowed along the following roads:
- South Camp Road between Merrion Road and East Queen Street
- North Street between South Camp Road and Duke Street
- East Street between North Street and Heroes Circle
- Duke Street between North Street and Heroes Circle
- Duke Street between North Street and South Heroes Circle
- Marescaux Road.