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The Ministry of Transport, Works and Housing will be implementing a number of long, medium and short-term projects in 2013, to further improve the road network for all users.

Minister of Transport, Works and Housing, Dr. the Hon. Omar Davies, says among the planned initiatives for this year, are changes in favour of pedestrians at the various signalised intersections in the Corporate Area.

The Minister was speaking at a handing-over ceremony for six road safety infomercials, held at the head offices of the Insurance Company of the West Indies (ICWI) in New Kingston, on January 8.

Dr. Davies informed that effective this month, the ministry will grant relief to pedestrians using the roadway in the Corporate Area at critical intersections. These include: Hope Road, Constant Spring Road, Half-Way-Tree Road and Hagley Park Road, as well as South Odeon Avenue, Constant Spring Road and Suthermere Road.

“Pedestrians will have a dedicated time to cross the road. The present situation is untenable and cannot be allowed to continue,” he said.

Additionally, Dr. Davies announced plans for the replacement of guardrails in three eastern parishes. Under the Inter-American Development Bank’s (IDB) Road Improvement Programme (RIP), the ministry will be replacing guardrails that have been destroyed as a result of traffic collisions in the parishes of St. Mary, St. Thomas and Portland.

The Minister further noted that funding is also in place for the installation of tactile surfacing for the visually impaired and wheelchair users in the Papine area. This will be done from Sir John Golding Rehabilitation Centre to Papine Square.