Special provisions for new school year on SCHIP

THE National Works Agency has kept its word that, starting today, motorists using the Harbour View to Yallahs leg of the Southern Coastal Highway Improvement Project (SCHIP) will be guaranteed a minimum of two paved, free-flowing lanes of travel on the corridor.

The NWA, in a release to media on Thursday, said as the beginning of the 2023/24 school year approaches it would be making special provisions to ensure ease of travel along sections included in the SCHIP.

On Sunday when the Jamaica Observer team visited the area, evidence of work being done to ensure ease of traffic for the back-to-school period could be seen.

Acting manager for communication and customer services at the NWA, Stacy-Ann Delevante explained in the press release that there will be traffic management strategies put in place to handle the anticipated increase in vehicular activity that usually accompanies the start of the academic year.

She added that while work to complete the expansion of the corridor continues, there will be a tidal flow mechanism implemented to ease congestion between Shooters Hill and Cane River Bridge.

During the morning peak hours of 6 am to 9 am, persons utilising the section of the roadway from Stella Road to Cane River Bridge will use two lanes heading toward Kingston. Persons travelling toward Yallahs during the same period will utilise a single lane. During the evening peak hours of 4 pm to 7 pm, the opposite flow will obtain.

Delevante added that clear signs will be posted on the corridor and, where necessary, there will be flag persons in place to guide motorists traversing the space.