TEMPORARY TRAFFIC CHANGES IN DOWNTOWN KINGSTON TO FACILITATE UDC’S FIREWORKS
The Urban Development Corporation (UDC) will on Sunday, December 31, 2017 host its flagship event, Fireworks on the Waterfront on Ocean Boulevard in downtown Kingston. Similar to prior staging, the Corporation has partnered with stakeholders such as the Jamaica Constabulary Force, Kingston and St Andrew Municipal Corporation and the National Works Agency to implement the necessary traffic changes and road closures to facilitate the seamless execution of the event. Road closures and traffic changes will take effect as early as Friday, December 29 at 10:00 p.m. and will return to normalcy on Monday, January 1, 2018 at 6:00 a.m.
On Friday, December 29 from 10:00 p.m., the intersection of Duke Street and south of Nethersole Place will be blocked as well as the intersection of Church Street and Ocean Boulevard. Then on Saturday, December 30 commencing at 6:00 p.m., the intersection of Princess Street and Ocean Boulevard through to the intersection of Orange Street and Ocean Boulevard will be blocked to vehicular traffic to facilitate the erection of tents.
Further traffic changes will be effected on Sunday, December 31 from 6:00 a.m. as access will be restricted on Ocean Boulevard/West Street at the intersections with Port Royal Street, Ocean Boulevard going westward before the intersection with Princess Street, Princess Street at the intersection of Port Royal Street and Ocean Boulevard, Orange Street below entrance to the Multi-storey Car Park and King Street below the entrance to KFC and entrance to South Street.
For the thousands of fans who will be coming to enjoy the Fireworks Family experience starting with the ‘kiddies’ village at 3:00pm, vehicles will have to abide by temporary rerouting measures. Traffic entering Pechon Street to Ocean Boulevard onto to Harbour Street will be redirected as well as traffic entering Ocean Boulevard from Pechon Street on to West Street.
A two way pattern of flow for traffic will be created on Church Street before the entrance to the Seabed Ground Floor Car Park as well as on West and Princess Streets below or south of Port Royal Street, Orange Street from Port Royal Street intersection to Multi-storey Car Park and from the intersection of Port Royal Street and Hanover Street, heading in a southern direction.
Fireworks on the Waterfront was first staged by the UDC in 1999 to usher in the new millennium and was intended to be a one-off event. However, the event has continued to ignite the interest of patrons making downtown Kingston the place to be annually on New Year's Eve.
For further information, please contact
The Corporate Relations and Marketing Department
Urban Development Corporation
12 Ocean Boulevard Kingston, Jamaica
Tel: (876) 656-8031
December 28, 2017