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Discussions on an effective traffic management plan for the city of Montego Bay were held yesterday (June 11), at a town meeting hosted by the St. James Parish Council at the Civic Centre.
The meeting was held to find workable solutions to the growing problem of traffic congestion from Bogue to Rose Hall, in the morning and afternoon peak hours.
The discussions afforded citizens the opportunity to question proposals put forward and to give their own views and opinions that would seek to enhance the overall economic stability of the tourist capital.
Among the many conclusions reached during the discussions were that road network changes were necessary responses to traffic growth; that Montego Bay town centre deserved a first class traffic management system; and that the water fountain in the centre of the town would be retained, with minor adjustments.
Mayor of Montego Bay, Councillor Charles Sinclair pointed out during the discussions that for any traffic management plan to work effectively, all citizens who are users of the roadways, including motorists and pedestrians, must demonstrate greater levels of care and responsibility.
“The overall traffic management plan, even when introduced, in my own view will not be as successful as we all want it to be, if we do not control how we as drivers, taxi operators and pedestrians use our roadways. So, whatever is put down in writing and documented, for good implementation we still are going to need to be able to properly and responsibly use the roadways,” Mayor Sinclair suggested.
Operations Manager at the National Works Agency (NWA), Michael Saunderson in responding to questions from participants at the meeting, noted that the agency had made no plans to demolish the historic Sam Sharpe round-about and water fountain.
“I want to make it very clear that the National Works Agency had made no plans to remove the water fountain and round-about at Sam Sharpe Square. We have however, made some conclusions in these discussions, one of which is that the road network cannot remain static while traffic demands are increasing,” he said.
“In the quest to find workable solutions for the traffic problems in the city, we are looking at two options. One is to allow for traffic to pass on either side of the round-about and if that does not have the desired effect, option two would be to shift the fountain and round-about over to one side to allow two lanes of traffic to flow unobstructed through the square,” Mr. Saunderson told the meeting.
He pointed out that discussions would continue in order to arrive at the best option for all concerned.