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Where am I? - Gov't to address poor street signs problem

Published:Wednesday | January 11, 2017 | 1:00 AMJason Cross
The sign at Canberra Crescent off Mona Road, St Andrew.
A faded street sign nailed to a JPS light pole in Red Hills, St Andrew.
No street sign at Donmair Drive off Red Hills Road, St Andrew.
An overgrown tree covers the name of Orange Street by North Street, Kingston.
The completely faded signs at Lounsbury Drive and Edinburgh Avenue in St Andrew.
Residents of Hope Pastures pasted letters over the faded Roselle Avenue sign in St Andrew.
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Travelling through the Corporate Area, many might have had to resort to using mobile phone applications like Google Maps to find their destination, because of the dilapidated condition of a large number of street signs - some simply falling down, while the writings on others have long faded, and some are just nowhere to be seen.

On Donmair Drive off Red Hills Road in St Andrew, there is absolutely no sign. Only the metal structure that the sign should have been mounted on is present.

In the Hope Pastures area, the Keble Crescent sign has suffered serious weathering over time, leaving it very rusty and almost illegible.

Very tiny printed letters on the sign at Roselle Avenue, which seemed to have been pasted on by someone, possibly a resident, makes it difficult to read.

On Ridgeview Close, there is a sign that has been nailed to a light post.

Slipe Road's sign has been partially destroyed, seemingly by fire.

And the list goes on.

Town Clerk Robert Hill told The Gleaner this week that the Kingston and St Andrew Corporation is aware of the situation and has promised that the problem would be addressed in the coming financial year, citing the general lack of finances and weathering as impediments.

The next financial year begins March 31, 2017.

 

FINANCIAL ISSUE

 

"It is largely a financial issue, otherwise it is age or deliberate damage, and sometimes it is accidental damage. Sometimes accidents happen and the signs are not replaced at the same time. Some of them, the names have faded off and we have to see how best we can replace them. We have replaced some but not to the extent that we would like," Hill shared.

"We're trying to put an assessment together in terms of what the cost will be. Once it goes through the requisite channels, in terms of the councils and committees, then we will seek to have them repaired as quickly as possible."

Hill also sought to appeal to persons not to deliberately deface or damage street signs.

"The sign is public furniture; it is for the good of communities. We encourage persons not to damage or vandalise them. When accidents happen, which is out of anybody's control, we try to replace or repair as quickly as possible. It is not as fast as we like, but we are addressing it."

jason.cross@gleanerjm.com