ALTERNATIVE routes motorists will be able to use when the National Works Agency (NWA) closes Three Miles/Portia Simpson Miller Square to vehicular traffic completely, in a month's time, were outlined to yesterday's Roads and Traffic Committee meeting of the Kingston and St Andrew Municipal Corporation.
Work by China Harbour Engineering on two interchange bridges at Three Miles started in March. When completed, traffic travelling from downtown Kingston via Spanish Town Road will pass overhead at Three Miles. Motor vehicles moving from Hagley Park Road to Marcus Garvey Drive will also travel on one of the two overhead bridges.
NWA Director of Planning Kurt Clarke told the Roads and Traffic Committee that while the bridges are being constructed, Three Miles will be closed to traffic temporarily. At present, vehicles coming from Marcus Garvey Drive heading to Hagley Park Road are allowed to use the area, but motorists travelling from Half-Way-Tree have to use Development Road and Ashenheim Road, then back on to Marcus Garvey Drive, to get to Portmore and downtown Kingston. The project is expected to last for about 18 months.
Clarke told the committee that more traffic would have to be rerouted and that East Avenue would play an important role. He said that traffic coming primarily from Portmore during the mornings, would flow onto East Ave from Marcus Garvey Drive and enter Maxfield Avenue.
He said that in the morning Maxfield Avenue will accommodate two lanes of traffic travelling towards Eastwood Park Road and one lane of traffic headed towards Spanish Town Road. In the evenings the traffic flow would be reversed in the other direction, he said.
Oakland Road will also be temporarily converted to one-way traffic flowing onto Chisolm Ave, he said.
Ashenheim Road and Development Road will accommodate one-way traffic going towards Half-Way-Tree in the morning, and in the evening will reverse for traffic going towards Portmore, Clarke told the the Roads and Traffic Committee.
Clarke later told the Observer that for the duration of the Three Miles road improvement project — which is projected to take 18 months — the bus lane on Washington Boulevard would be discontinued to enable all motorists to use it.