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Work under way to relocate JDF main entrance

Published:Monday | April 8, 2019 | 1:50 PM
Jamaica Defence Force headquarters - File photo

The National Works Agency (NWA) has begun work to improve the flow of traffic at the Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) South Camp Road entrance, popularly called ‘Camp Gate’.

The project, which is valued at US$2.2 million, commenced approximately two weeks ago and is slated to be completed over six months.

NWA Senior Communications Officer, Ramona Lawson, told JIS News that the project is focused primarily on intersection improvement and will entail relocation of the JDF’s main entrance to Cannon Ball Gate, which is opposite Arnold Road.

Currently, vehicles entering and exiting Up Park Camp via South Camp Road interrupt the flow of traffic along the busy thoroughfare.

“We’ll be signalising the Arnold Road/South Camp Road intersection so we will be creating a four-way intersection, which is one of the most efficient arrangements that can exist,” Lawson noted.

“We’ll be providing exclusive left and right turn lanes in and out of the JDF facility as well as an exclusive right turning lane on to Arnold Road, so that should have a significantly positive effect on the movement of traffic along that particular corridor,” she added.

The project also involves road-widening works and upgrading of sections of pavement and some drainage features.

Additionally, the length of South Camp Road between the JDF’s existing main gate and Arnold Road will be widened to accommodate two additional lanes of traffic, while 120 metres of the roadway will be paved up to the intersection.

Lawson said measures will be put in place to minimise any adverse impact on commuters, pedestrians, and stakeholders who use the roadway.

The works are being done under the Major Infrastructure Development Programme.

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