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The Portmore Municipal Council will be pushing the government for additional resources to improve roads in the community and the establishment of a disaster evacuation plan.
Mayor of Portmore, George Lee, speaking at a recent council meeting, said that the local representatives were expected to meet with the Prime Minister P.J. Patterson and a technical government team soon, to discuss road conditions and concerns raised by residents of the municipality. The broad areas to be addressed, he said, included the creation of a new or improved access way from Mandela Drive, improving access to Marcus Garvey drive, disaster evacuation plans and negotiations for a toll for residents of the community.
On the issue of the Mandela Highway, Mayor Lee pointed out that the group would be seeking to have the thoroughfare upgraded especially in light of recent flooding, which has made it unsuitable as an appropriate alternative route. “Another recommendation would be to improve the road just below the entrance by Mandela into Portmore that is sometimes used by motorists, allowing one-way exit by Caymanas and one-way entry by the new road,” he said.
With respect to Marcus Garvey Drive, the recommendation is for significant improvement to be carried out to that roadway and for the work to be done in tandem with Highway 2000.
The mayor will also be pushing for the upgrading of the Dyke Road, which is the recommended alternative route to the toll road. Mayor Lee said that an agreement has not yet been reached on the toll rate.