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  • Come this Sunday, December 2 the National Works Agency (NWA) will be putting the new Chesterfield Drive extension road into service.
  • Manager, Communication and Customer Services at the NWA, Stephen Shaw explains that the two-lane, 1.5 kilometer roadway is designed primarily to take motorists from Six Miles towards Downtown Kingston while motorists going to Half-Way-Tree may also choose to use it as an option to get on to East Avenue from Marcus Garvey Drive.
  • When travelling out of Kingston motorists will be able to easily access the new roadway from Marcus Garvey Drive via a slip road.

Come this Sunday, December 2 the National Works Agency (NWA) will be putting the new Chesterfield Drive extension road into service. The new roadway which will serve as a bypass to a section of Spanish Town Road will be officially opened to traffic at 4 p.m. The extended road runs from the end of Chesterfield Drive, the access road to the Seaview Gardens Community, to Marcus Garvey Drive, in the vicinity of the Tinson Pen Aerodrome.

Manager, Communication and Customer Services at the NWA, Stephen Shaw explains that the two-lane, 1.5 kilometer roadway is designed primarily to take motorists from Six Miles towards Downtown Kingston while motorists going to Half-Way-Tree may also choose to use it as an option to get on to East Avenue from Marcus Garvey Drive.

Mr. Shaw says that an extra right turning lane has been added at the Pennwood Road/Chesterfield Drive intersection along Spanish Town Road to accommodate the anticipated increase in motorists that will be turning on to the new roadway. He explains that two additional intersections, along the new route, have been signalized, one at Pacific Boulevard, in Seaview Gardens and the other at Marcus Garvey Drive to ensure safety and effective traffic management.

When travelling out of Kingston motorists will be able to easily access the new roadway from Marcus Garvey Drive via a slip road. Work on a similar slip road, designed to take westbound motorists from Chesterfield Drive back on to Spanish Town Road, will be completed in the upcoming week.

The slip road on to Spanish Town Road is incomplete as telecommunications company Flow is yet to lower a manhole along the area, which is currently higher than the existing road surface.

Motorists are therefore required, in the interim, to be guided by the traffic signals at the Spanish Town Road/Chesterfield Drive intersection.  The NWA is therefore urging motorists to exercise due care when attempting to enter Spanish Town Road from Chesterfield Drive.

Work on the Chesterfield Drive extension project began in September under a US$1 contract with China Harbour Engineering Company (CHEC). The project involved the construction of a 1.5km corridor between Chesterfield Drive and Marcus Garvey Drive as well as drainage improvement works and the rehabilitation of a 700-metre section of Chesterfield Drive to include the installation of 1.5 metre-wide sidewalks.

The project’s major intersections – Spanish Town Road and Marcus Garvey Drive – have been improved to accommodate three lanes of traffic.