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The St. Ann Parish Council has announced traffic changes in the towns of St. Ann’s Bay and Brown’s Town during the holiday season, to reduce congestion and ensure the safety of pedestrians.
Outlining the arrangements at a recent press briefing at the offices of the Council, Secretary Manager, Dorothy Delgado, said that effective from 6:00 a.m. on Thursday, December 21 to 8:00 a.m. on Tuesday, December 26, vehicles entering St. Ann’s Bay from Harbour Street, would be diverted left onto Park Avenue and onto Main Street in the vicinity of the Esso Gas Station.
She said that Park Avenue and Bravo Street would become one ways. Directional signs will be erected.
In addition, she pointed out, “no vending will be allowed on Main Street. Vending activities will only be allowed on the lower section of Market Street from the clock down towards Harbour Street from 6:00 a.m. on Saturday, December 23 until 8:00 a.m. on Monday, December 25,” adding that vendors interested in selling in the area should register with the Market Clerk, as they would have to pay to use the area.
In Brown’s Town, Mrs. Delgado informed, traffic would be monitored by the police during the season, “however on Christmas Eve, traffic re-routing will be done so that the town will be able to accommodate the huge number of pedestrians and vendors who come to the Christmas Eve festival in the town every year”.
Effective from 5:00 p.m. on December 22 until 8:00 a.m. December 26, vehicles entering the town from the north coast will be detoured at the “keep left” sign at Cool Oasis Gas Station in an easterly direction along Huntley Avenue to turn onto Liberty Drive, and from there all the way up through Orange Hill to Top Road.
Commuters will be given the option of turning down to St. Hilda’s Drive where they could park on the sides of the street or go directly to the municipal car park.
Mrs. Delgado said that commuters, who chose to continue to Top Road, would be able to turn left if they were going to Alexandria or turn right if they were going to Brown’s Town, Standfast or Trelawny.
“It is expected that with these changes, traffic will flow smoothly throughout all the major towns and citizens will be able to truly enjoy their Christmas in an orderly environment,” she said.
She said that while there would be no major changes in Ocho Rios, the police would closely monitor the traffic.
“There will be no street vending allowed in Ocho Rios, as there is adequate space within the market property,” she stated.