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Broken water main causes traffic pile up along Mandela Highway

Published:Monday | February 6, 2017 | 3:38 PM
Traffic on Mandela Highway earlier today.

A broken water main in the Ferry area along Mandela Highway in St Catherine has caused the closure of one of the eastbound lanes leading to St Andrew.

The broken water main caused a huge traffic pile up along the busy highway this morning.

Head of the police's Highway and Traffic Division, Senior Superintendent, Calvin Allen, says one of the westbound lanes is now being used to support traffic leading to Kingston and St Andrew.

SSP Allen is advising motorists to obey police personnel who are directing traffic in the area.


Head of the police's Highway and Traffic Division SSP Calvin Allen

Meanwhile, the National Water Commission (NWC) says it will start repairs on the broken main today and expects to complete the work within the next 24-36 hours.

The agency's Corporate Public Relations Manager, Charles Buchanan, says the broken main may have ruptured because of the heavy road works being undertaken on the highway.


NWC Corporate Public Relations Manager, Charles Buchanan

The NWC says communities in St. Catherine that are being affected by the broken main include Windsor Heights, parts of Greendale, Central Village, Twickenham Park Industrial Estate, Twickenham Park Housing Scheme and parts of Spanish Town.

In Kingston and St Andrew, the affected areas include Washington Gardens & Washington Boulevard, downtown Kingston, Spanish Town Road, Duhaney Park, and Spanish Town Road.

The NWC is urging motorists to exercise while travelling along Mandela Highway and to obey warning signs.