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NWA traffic surveys underway in St James for proposed MoBay bypass

Published:Thursday | November 3, 2016 | 11:48 AM
In this contributed file photo, taxis are parked along King Street in Montego Bay.

The National Works Agency (NWA) says traffic surveys are currently being carried out at several points in St James to inform the decision making process for the proposed Montego Bay Bypass.

There have been many calls for a bypass of the bustling city centre, due to the traffic congestion.

The NWA says as productive sectors increase, it is anticipated that the volume of traffic will continue to grow and compound an already troubling situation.

Community Relations Officer for the NWA’s Western Region, Janel Ricketts, says the survey involves traffic counts and interviews with motorists to determine their travel patterns.

Ricketts says the areas which are being targeted include the intersection of the Bogue Road and Alice Eldemire Drive; Fairfield Avenue and Barnett Street; the North Coast Highway and Morgan Road intersection; and the Salt Spring and Green Pond Roadway.

The survey will also target the Portobello main road.

The surveys are being executed by the National Road Operating and Construction Company and the NWA with the support of Police personnel.