MANDEVILLE – Minister of Transport and Works, Hon. Michael Henry, has commended the Clarendon-based bauxite and alumina company, Jamalco, for the investment it has been making to promote safety, by installing a traffic light and taking other safety initiatives.
Speaking at the commissioning of newly installed traffic lights at the entrance to the company’s plant along the Hayes main road in Clarendon, on March 17, the Minister said that the installation of the traffic light by the company is a continuity of what the government has to do.
“There are many lights to be installed in the parish and what you have done will lessen the burden on us. I must also applaud your decision to see to the maintenance of the lights,” he said.
The project by Jamalco, which lasted for two months, was spearheaded to effectively regulate vehicular and pedestrian traffic, in order to mitigate accidents and promote safety on the roadway.
Also undertaken by the company were the widening and resurfacing of the roadway to facilitate a turn lane; the installation of bus sheds and drop-off and pick-up points; and the realigning of pedestrian walkways. The entire project was done at a cost of $31 million.
In his remarks, Jamalco's Capital Projects Manager, Richard Hall said that, “our plant entrance project is a response to both internal demands for a safer entrance intersection, in effect reducing the fatality risk from unacceptable to marginal; and a wider external need for discipline and control from all motorists and pedestrians in the vicinity of our main entrance."
Currently, the company also sponsors a school crossing programme (with wardens) at seven schools it its operating areas. In 2009, the company erected 12 road safety signs along the Mineral Heights to Lionel Town road at a cost of $1.8 million and in 2010, they presented three radar guns to the Clarendon police to assist with safe driving among motorists.
By GARFIELD L. ANGUS, JIS Reporter