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Three more traffic lights were commissioned into service along the Sangster International Airport to Greenwood section of the Northern Coastal Highway, Montego Bay, known as the “Elegant Corridor”, on Friday July 2.
This brings to 13 the number of traffic lights on the corridor, to assist in managing the flow of traffic and improve the safety of pedestrians and motorists.
They were installed through a collaborative effort between the Ministry of Transport and Works, the Ministry of Tourism and the private sector. Nine of the lights, and other complementary works, were financed by the Tourism Enhancement Fund (TEF) to the tune of approximately $49 million.
Minister of Transport and Works, Hon. Michael Henry, along with Minister of Tourism, Hon Edmund Bartlett, switched on the lights.
Mr. Henry noted that they formed part of a bigger traffic management system, which is being implemented throughout Montego Bay.
“We have completed 22 traffic lights in the town of Montego Bay, we are improving the system of one-way streets and the connectivity that flows, and then we will have other issues to address; such as how we monitor by cameras the movement of motor vehicles along the highway, and also any transgressions that take place,” he stated.
He expressed the hope that the improvements will lead to better driving practices, as there are still too many accidents occurring along the corridor.
Mr. Bartlett was overjoyed at the commissioning of the lights, stating that it marks a very important day in the development of the corridor.
“The Ministry (of Tourism) has collaborated well with the Ministry of Works in ensuring that these nine traffic signals have been put up at strategic areas along the corridor, to help to manage the flow of traffic and to improve the safety of commuters and motorists, alike,” he said.
“I am very satisfied that it is a partnership that has created this today partnership which involves not only my Ministry and Minister Henry’s Ministry, but also the stakeholders of the tourism fraternity along the corridor,” he said.
He pointed out that the installation of the lights marks the conclusion of phase one of the development, and that phase two involves the landscaping now taking place along the corridor and will cost approximately $37 million.
He revealed that the collaboration between the Ministries of Works and Tourism, with respect to traffic management in Montego Bay, involves $100 million in contributions from TEF. He also expressed the view that the safety of commuters and motorists must be given priority in the resort areas.