Major traffic changes for St Ann's Bay on Monday
Carl Gilchrist, Gleaner Writer
ST ANN'S BAY, St Ann:MOTORISTS WILL be faced with major traffic changes in St Ann's Bay as of Monday, a move the St Ann Parish Council said is geared at allowing smoother vehicular and pedestrian traffic flow in the St Ann capital.
One of the main changes is the reversal of traffic over a section of Main Street to a dual carriageway.
The changes are being implemented by the council, in conjunction with the Area Traffic Authority, and have come against the background of concerns by the public about continuing traffic congestion, caused, to some extent, by taxi operators.
Through consultation, prior to the decision being taken, input came from the taxi association, St Ann's Bay Citizens Association, Jamaica Fire Brigade, the police, National Works Agency, councillors and senior officers of the parish council.
The changes are as follows:
1) Main Street, which now only accommodates one-way traffic, will be opened to two-way traffic, up to Church Street (from the St Ann's Bay round-a-bout, leading to the cemetery and courthouse). In other words, traffic coming from the hospital can now avoid the bypass and can travel along Main Street, (heading east) the cemetery, past the Rubis gas station, to the town centre and beyond.
2) Main Street, from Church Street, down to the intersection of Bravo Street, will accommodate one-way traffic, flowing in an easterly direction. In other words, no traffic will be allowed from the Texaco gas station, up to Church Street (beside the courthouse), as this section of Main Street will now be a one-way.
3) Harbour Street - The entire roadway will be a one-way, flowing in a westerly direction.
4) Wharf Street will be a one-way, heading north to south.
5) Market Street will be a one-way, heading south to north, from the main street intersection at the town clock.
6) Bravo Street, one-way from the intersection at Main Street, to Park Avenue, heading in a northerly direction.