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Pedestrian pathway for Negril

Published:Wednesday | November 12, 2014 | 12:00 AM

WITH NEGRIL'S Norman Manley Boulevard being one of the top 10 roadways plagued by major accidents, the Government is to implement a pedestrian and cycle-improvement project to reduce road fatalities and injuries in the area.

The Cabinet has given approval for the award of a $145.9 million contract to Share Con Limited for the construction of a path along the Norman Manley Boulevard from Grand Pineapple Beach to Couples Swept Away.

The project will see the installation of pedestrian-actuated signals, central-island narrowing, and the construction of the shared-used path.

According to a ministry paper tabled in Parliament between 2007 and 2009, the Norman Manley Boulevard was in the top 10 roadways where serious crashes have resulted in fatalities or injuries.

"The high crash rate of the roadway is due mainly to pedestrians travelling along the shoulder of the road," the document said.

"The Government has developed the pedestrian and cycle-infrastructure improvement project in an effort to protect pedestrians, the most vulnerable road users," it added.