Trelawny’s First Traffic Lights
It is said that Trelawny and Hanover are the only parishes in Jamaica without traffic lights.
It is not that there is no need for stoplights in this parish. There are several accident hotspots at which so many lives could have been saved, had stoplights been in place. Add to that the increasing traffic flow in and around Falmouth and we have more than a need for these lights.
The Bogue Gate to Falmouth intersection, Clark’s Town – Rock intersection, Rock intersection at Fisherman’s Inn, The Hague intersection on the Falmouth Bypass and the Falmouth exits of the Falmouth Bypass at the Martha Brae overhead bridge have all been the scene of numerous accidents and deaths that traffic lights could have prevented.
However, it has not been deemed necessary to let Trelawny catch up with the rest of the island in this regard.
Almost on Time
Well, that will now soon be in the past, as work has officially begun on the installation of traffic lights at Clark’s Town to Daniel Town intersection.
Surprisingly, the installation is almost on time, occurring only a week after the scheduled date of the end of April. In an interview with The Gleaner in early March, E.G. Hunter, chief executive officer of the NWA, confirmed that funds have been made available for the implementation of the lights.
“J$15 million has been approved for the installation,” said Hunter. “This (the lights) should be in place by the end of April.”
Impact of Rock Main Road Closure
The need for the traffic lights has become more pressing since the closure of the Rock Bridge. All the traffic to and from Falmouth from the east have now been diverted to the Falmouth Bypass, along which the traffic lights will be located.
Several groups including the Trelawny Chamber of Commerce have been lobbying for the installation of these lights in and around Falmouth to not only ease the increasing traffic burden, but also to reduce the loss of lives.
On a visit to Rock last month, this writer took several minutes to cross the road from the Daniel Town – Clark’s Town intersection as the cars whizzed by. It was not an easy task! So from personal experience, I know that these stop lights are essential and will be welcomed by the entire parish.
In the featured image, MP Victor Wright converses with workmen. Images via Victor Wright MP on Facebook.