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New measures in place to avoid another traffic gridlock on Palisadoes Road

Published:Saturday | December 29, 2018 | 12:17 PM
This screen grab from a video posted on social media last year shows a man walking through traffic pile-up along the Palisadoes main road towards the airport with a suitcase on his head.

The police have put new measures in place to avoid a repeat of the traffic gridlock that shutdown the roadway leading to one of the country's two main international airports for several hours on New Year’s Eve last year.

As part of the measures, the police say no one will be allowed to park on the right side of the Palisadoes main road between the Harbour View round-a-bout and the round-a-bout leading to the Norman Manley International Airport, in Kingston.

This will take effect at 5p.m. on New Year's Eve and end at midnight.

In addition, the police Corporate Communications Unit (CCU) says during the same seven-hour period “controlled parking” will be allowed only at designated locations on the left side of the roadway.

The police, however, insisted that “there will be no parking in the vicinity of where the cables are located.”

Last year, several persons missed their flights out of the Norman Manley International Airport because of lengthy traffic delays along the Palisadoes strip, which leads to the airport.  

Authorities say the traffic pile-up was caused by unruly patrons attending a daylight party named Sandz and persons who parked their vehicles along the roadway to view the annual New Year’s spectacle, Fireworks on the Waterfront.

Some airline passengers, in a desperate bid to make their flights, got out of cars trapped in the gridlock and began walking with their luggage in hand towards the airport, drawing ridicule from some onlookers. 

The police defended the new measures, noting that every year hundreds of persons usually converge along the Palisadoes main road to view the fireworks.

“This often leads to traffic congestion and disruption to the traffic flow along that corridor,” CCU said in a statement.

The police also warned that there will be strict enforcement of the Road Traffic Act.

FOUR THINGS THAT WILL NOT BE PERMITTED:

No parking will be allowed along the right side of the Norman Manley Highway (Palisades main road) leading to the airport (from the Harbour View round-a-bout to the airport round-a-bout) between the hours of 5:00p.m. and midnight.

Controlled parking will be at designated locations on the left side ONLY. There will be no parking in the vicinity of where the cables are located.

NO right turn will be allowed into Caribbean Maritime University and the Yacht Club between 10:00p.m. and midnight. Motorists may gain access using the airport round-a-bout.

NO Vending will be allowed along the strip.

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