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JPS addresses utility pole placement comments after disabled man's death

Published:Tuesday | February 3, 2015 | 9:30 AM
Marlon King - File

The JPS is seeking to clarify issues surrounding the placement of utility poles along a St Andrew Roadway where a disabled man, Marlon King, was run over last week.

The company says it notes that the incident along Golding Avenue in St Andrew is being blamed on the presence of JPS poles in the sidewalk, which are reported to have caused King to maneuver his wheelchair into the road.

The company says the poles were originally placed on Golding Avenue in the soft shoulder, which is where poles are to be planted.

It argues that this did not present a problem for commuters on foot or otherwise.

However, the JPS says subsequent to this the sidewalk was built up around the poles.

It says this created a sidewalk with poles as the only option for persons commuting by foot or other means.

The JPS also says any relocation of poles on any major thoroughfare, is done at the request of the National Works Agency and it has not received such a request for Golding Avenue.

However, the JPS says it will also prove challenging to find alternative locations for these poles.


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