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  • The National Works Agency (NWA) is currently installing cable crash barriers along the Palisadoes Road in Kingston under a $10 million pilot project, aimed at enhancing the safety of all users of that corridor.
  • The barriers, which are new to Jamaica, replace the regular aluminium structures.
  • They are being installed to prevent or reduce the likelihood of out of control motor vehicles hitting pedestrians on the parallel boardwalk, ending up in the sea, or on the rock revetment that protects the shoreline.

The National Works Agency (NWA) is currently installing cable crash barriers along the Palisadoes Road in Kingston under a $10 million pilot project, aimed at enhancing the safety of all users of that corridor.

The barriers, which are new to Jamaica, replace the regular aluminium structures. They are being installed to prevent or reduce the likelihood of out of control motor vehicles hitting pedestrians on the parallel boardwalk, ending up in the sea, or on the rock revetment that protects the shoreline.

The cable barriers, which are designed to absorb the impact resulting from an accident and not crumble, unlike the aluminium version, will not prevent pedestrians from using the boardwalk.

The four-month pilot project, which commenced in May, will see 5.5 kilometres of the cable barriers being installed, and is scheduled for completion within four weeks.

State Minister for Transport, Works, and Housing, Hon. Richard Azan, along with NWA representatives, headed by Chief Executive Officer, E.G. Hunter, toured the project site on Tuesday, July 28.

In welcoming the introduction of the cable barriers, Mr, Azan expressed the hope that it will serve to significantly reduce the incidence of fatalities.

Mr. Hunter, who said the cable barriers have been used in other countries, indicated that the NWA will analyse and assess how they fare under local conditions, to determine if the project will be expanded.

“We should be finished with the installation within another month. We will, thereafter, log the case of accidents and, hopefully, we will be able to come to a position, within six to 12 months, as to whether we want to expand the use of the cable barriers,” he stated.

He is appealing to members of the public to not vandalise or remove the barriers.