JIS News

The St. Ann Parish Council has introduced a number of traffic changes in the major towns in the parish, to relieve congestion on the roads during the Christmas season.
Secretary/Manager of the Parish Council, Dorothy Delgado told JIS News that the towns to be affected were Ocho Rios, St. Ann’s Bay and Brown’s Town.
She pointed out that in Ocho Rios, there would be no major traffic changes, with the Police monitoring the traffic closely, so as to ensure a smooth flow.
Changes in St. Ann’s Bay involve the diversion of vehicles from Harbour Street, left onto Park Avenue and onto Main Street in the vicinity of the Esso service station. In addition, Bravo Street and Park Avenue have become one-way streets and directional signs have been erected to assist motorists as they proceed through the town.
Mrs. Delgado said that the arrangement in Brown’s Town would see vehicles entering the town from the North Coast detouring at the keep left sign at the Cool Oasis Gas Station in an easterly direction along Huntley Avenue.
“Commuters will be given the option of turning onto St. Hilda’s Drive where they can park on the side of the streets or go directly to the municipal car park,” she said.
She said that commuters who chose to continue on 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.
These changes in Brown’s Town will take effect from 5:00 p.m. on December 22 and will last until 8:00 a.m. on December 25.
“It is expected that with these changes traffic will run smoothly throughout all major towns, and the citizens of St. Ann will enjoy their Christmas in an orderly environment,” Mrs. Delgado said.