Smooth start to St Ann's Bay traffic changes
Carl Gilchrist, Gleaner Writer
ST ANN'S BAY, St Ann: THE FIRST day of the new traffic system in St Ann's Bay went smoothly on Monday and appears to have had the desired effect of enhancing traffic flow, even though the acid test lies ahead this weekend.
Chairman of the physical, planning and environmental control committee at the St Ann Parish Council, Ian Bell, was pleased with what transpired at the end of the first day.
"The township so far is looking very, very good in comparison to what it was on Friday, Saturday, Monday or so, of last week and the weeks gone by," Bell told The Gleaner. "It is the first day, things are flowing good; it is incident free and persons are coping."
improved traffic flow
Corporal Claudette Stewart-Elliott, who spent several hours on the streets Monday afternoon, said she has noticed improved traffic flow with the new arrangement.
"Things are going smoothly, thus far, and if the motorists adhere to the signs, I think it can continue to work," Stewart-Elliott said.
One taxi operator, Gregory Lawrence, who plies the St Ann's Bay to Ocho Rios route, admitted experiencing an improvement, but was still a bit sceptical.
"Mi nuh think it a guh work still," said Lawrence. "It moved more smoothly today (Monday), but you can't test the traffic 'til Friday."
Some pedestrians appeared not to have got used to the idea that traffic now flows the opposite direction along the block of Main Street from the Texaco gas station up to the clock, and had motorists honking their horns to warn them of oncoming traffic.
Among the several changes made to traffic flow in the St Ann capital, traffic is now allowed to travel west to east along Main Street.