- The west bound lanes of the dual carriageway will be converted to two-way traffic between White Marl and Ferry.
- This is the second excercise ahead of three-month trial period for the contra-flow bus lane.
- Motorists travelling in the affected lanes are being advised to leave 15 minutes earlier to allow for delays.
The Ministry of Transport, Works and Housing is advising the public that a second simulation exercise for a designated Jamaica Urban Transit Company (JUTC) bus lane will take place along the Nelson Mandela Highway on Tuesday, October 29, during the morning and afternoon peak periods.
In the morning, between 6:00 am and 9: 00 am, the west bound lanes of the dual carriageway will be converted to two-way traffic between White Marl and Ferry (vicinity of Plantation Heights entrance) to facilitate a contra-flow bus lane for JUTC buses. In the evening, between the hours of 4:30 pm and 7:30 pm, the eastbound lanes will be similarly converted.
The exercise is the second such activity following a morning dry run on Thursday, October 24, ahead of three-month trial period for the contra-flow bus lane, which will begin on Friday, November 1.
The exercise is intended to give the responsible agencies – National Works Agency (NWA), Transport Authority, Police Traffic Division and the JUTC – an opportunity to carry out assessments and attend to any unforeseen circumstances that may arise ahead of Friday’s implementation.
Speaking with JIS News, Marketing and Communications Manager at JUTC, Clinton Clarke, said that motorists travelling in the affected lanes are being advised to leave 15 minutes earlier to allow for delays that may be experienced with the merging of lanes to enter the highway.
He is also urging motorists to cooperate with the police, which will be stationed along the route to facilitate the merging of traffic.
Senior Superintendent of Police, Radcliffe Lewis, said that in order to maintain a steady flow of traffic, “all motorists are asked to keep moving, because even a few seconds can have a major impact on travel times.”
The JUTC has reported that areas of concern have been noted from last Thursday’s dry run, and steps have been taken to ensure that the impediments identified do not factor into Tuesday’s exercise.
“Authorized personnel will be out from 5:15 am and 3:45 pm placing cones along the roadway for the activity to begin at the designated times,” informed Deputy Managing Director in charge of Operations, Kirk Finnikin.
Asking for the public’s cooperation, he said that the implementation of an exclusive bus lane is not dissimilar to what obtains in other countries such as the United States and the United Kingdom, and is expected to assist in the movement of a large percentage of the workforce and students in and out of the corporate area.
This is also expected to significantly reduce toxic fuel emissions, he added.