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Marcus Garvey Drive to reopen for new year's celebration

Published:Saturday | December 31, 2016 | 12:00 AM
A paved section of Marcus Garvey Drive in St Andrew.

Marcus Garvey Drive in St Andrew is to be fully reopened to vehicular traffic today.

Starting at 3 p.m. on Saturday, motorists will be allowed to use both the eastern and western carriageways to get to their destinations.

Manager of Communication and Customer Services at the NWA Stephen Shaw says, however, that the full reopening of the road will only be for 17 hours as restrictions will once again be in place come 8 a.m. on Sunday.

He explained that the full reopening of the corridor is to facilitate the expected increase in traffic as persons travel to the New Year's Eve show on the Kingston waterfront.

Shaw is reminding motorists that Marcus Garvey Drive continues to be a work zone and that there continues to be a number of open trenches and manholes along the corridor. These will, however, be cordoned off for the safety of road users.

Shaw said the police have been advised and measures are expected to be in place to reduce the likelihood of speeding along the road.

Marcus Garvey Drive is being improved at a cost of US$20-million. The work includes widening the 2.4 kilometres stretch from four to six lanes, installation of traffic signals and drainage improvements.

The project is to be completed by March 2017.