Marcus Garvey Drive roadwork on schedule


January 03, 2017
A paved section of Marcus Garvey Drive in St Andrew.

The upgrading and expansion of Marcus Garvey Drive in St Andrew is on schedule for completion by April 2017.

The works, which fall under the Major Infrastructure Development Programme, involve widening a section of the roadway from four to six lanes. It also involves the installation of sidewalks, upgrading the drainage infrastructure, and improving lighting, among other things.

Providing an update on the project, manager, communication and customer services at the National Works Agency Stephen Shaw says that the stabilised concrete base is nearing completion.

"The southern side has been completed. We have a couple of areas just to complete the northern side, and the work is moving apace," he said.

He said that the contractor has started to lay the asphaltic concrete surface, and the median barriers are being installed.

"All of these things together will see a vastly improved corridor, certainly by the end of January," Shaw said.

He noted that motorists have been inconvenienced throughout the life of the project, but he was confident that the improvements would ease traffic congestion and make commuting easier.

"It will ensure a more efficient and reliable stretch of road because Marcus Garvey Drive, at times, had been an issue as it relates to flooding and causing significant traffic snarls (that affect) the city of Kingston," Shaw said.

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