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Traffic lights were commissioned at two intersections in Spanish Town yesterday (March 29), to better regulate traffic flow in the area.
The lights have been installed in front of the Spanish Town Hospital at the intersection of Burke Road and Barrett Street, and at the intersection of the Sligoville and Twickenham Park main roads.
Minister of State in the Ministry of Transport and Works, Dr. Fenton Ferguson, turned on the lights, which were installed at a cost of $6 million.
“This will make a big difference in how we manage the traffic situation in Spanish Town,” said Dr. Ferguson, adding that this was part of a planned re-development of the town.
“These two intersections are the busiest in the town. When we did a survey in 2003, almost 24,500 vehicles were recorded passing through the Burke Road/ Barrett Street intersection within a 12-hour period, and this would have increased dramatically if that survey was done today,” he noted. Dr. Ferguson added that there were roads in the Spanish Town area that were in need of attention and that the National Works Agency (NWA) would be taking action in terms of road markings and paving.
Member of Parliament for the area, Sharon Haye-Webster and Spanish Town’s Mayor, Dr. Andrew Wheatley said the lights would have a positive impact on the flow of traffic, easing the congestion, particularly in the mornings.
Sergeant Osborne Fearon of the Spanish Town Police Traffic Department told JIS News that the lights would improve traffic flow and make the work of the police less stressful.
“Before the lights were installed, there was always a problem, especially where motorists needed to cross the flow of traffic. Now, with the lights in place, that problem and the potential for traffic rage have been eliminated,” he said.

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