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Gov't finding strategies to minimise disruptions from road projects

Daryl Vaz
 
Daryl Vaz, Minister without Portfolio in the Office of Prime Minister, has said the Government is looking at strategies to minimise disruptions caused by road projects.
 
Motorists, residents and business operators have been complaining about the management of the road works which they say have resulted in lengthy delays, dust nuisance and a decline in business activity.
 
Speaking at Wednesday morning's post-Cabinet media briefing, Mr. Vaz said better communication, including signage, is needed.
 
He added that alternatives routes need to be improved.
 
"What has been suggested is a multi-agency situation room, which will comprise of the NWA, Jamaica Constabulary Force, the contractor, the JIS and several others including the media, that can have access to give real time information, so in the mornings you can be advised as to the best routes and the worst routes and also that people can call in and give on-the-ground responses as to what's happening," he outlined. 
 
Mr. Vaz said he has made several recommendations including the use of drones to provide real time information, to ease the traffic congestion in the Corporate Area.
 
The government is also considering staggering school and business hours, carpooling, and making special arrangements with the Jamaica Urban Transit Company (JUTC) for people who work in congested areas.
 
Mr. Vaz added that the government is looking at having the road projects continue into the night in order to fast track their completion.


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