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Signage problems worsen North-South landslide hazards

Published:Saturday | July 30, 2016 | 7:00 AM

Signage problems worsen North-South landslide hazards

Diana McCaulay

CEO, Jamaica Environment Trust

Kingston 8

On Sunday, July 25, 2016, my husband and I drove from Mammee Bay to Kingston on the North-South Link of Highway 2000 at night. I was shocked at the poor signage in the vicinity of the landslide that had still not been cleared.

The motorist in front of us was driving too fast, obviously did not see the very small signs indicating road narrowing and a reduction of the speed limit, narrowly missed one of the flag men, and hit over one of the traffic cones.

The diversion because of the landslide has made two of the three escape lanes inaccessible - another safety issue. The road signs and lighting in the vicinity of this landslide need to be vastly improved as a matter of urgency, the landslide cleared and the unstable slope stabilised.