Tue | Sep 25, 2018

Motorists welcome smooth traffic flow as schools reopen of school

Published:Tuesday | September 4, 2018 | 12:00 AMPaul Clarke/Gleaner Writer
A police officer directs traffic at the intersection of Constant Spring and Mannings Hill roads yesterday morning.

The police had promised smooth sailing on the roads for yesterday's first official day

of back-to-school, which coincided with new traffic changes to facilitate road-improvement works across the Corporate Area. Some motorists were uneasy about what they would face, but to their relief, things went better than expected.

The gridlock that many of them were preparing for never materialised, thanks to the effort of the police and members of the army, who were seen at nearly every major intersection across the Corporate Area.

Members of the newly created Public Safety and Traffic Enforcement Branch were also out directing traffic.

"I made my way from Stony Hill this morning from very early, as I thought it would be disastrous getting to Half-Way Tree where I work, but I must say a big thank you to the police, who looked smart in the uniforms today. They did well to keep the traffic flowing," said motorist Marissa Wedderburn.

She said that whatever considerations that went

into the traffic-management planning for the opening day of schools, which normally brings with it more traffic under normal circumstances, was well handled.

 

LITTLE TO NO CONGESTION

 

With work to widen Constant Spring Road ongoing, it was shaping up to be a real struggle getting into other major areas of the city. However, it was almost a seamless flow, all the way down, as observed by the Gleaner news team from as early as 6:30 yesterday morning.

There was little to no congestion on the newly created route on Maxfield Avenue for commuters who would normally take Portia Miller Square on to Marcus Garvey Drive.

"It's a little longer drive coming this way for me, but at least the traffic moves. It was surprising, because I was thinking that I would be in a tough traffic jam down on Spanish Town Road to get to Maxfield, but the police did a good job today. I hope it continues like this," expressed Richard Dixon, as he awaited a traffic light change.

Though it was relatively smooth driving around the city by 8 a.m., heavy bumper-to-bumper traffic dominated the eastbound lanes of the Mandela Highway over in St Catherine.

"Traffic tight like vice-grip. Is way inna Twickenham Park it start; but at least we moving however slowly," said one driver who managed to speak to The Gleaner at the Portmore Municipal Boulevard-Mandela Highway intersection.

paul.clarke@gleanerjm.com