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Motorists heading out of town urged to avoid Mandela Highway if possible

Published:Tuesday | October 10, 2017 | 6:03 PM

The National Works Agency (NWA) is advising motorists to avoid using the Mandela Highway to travel out of Kingston where possible to reduce their travel time.

They are being encouraged to use the Portmore Toll Road or the Sligoville Road.

Communication and Customer Services Manager at the NWA, Stephen Shaw says westbound traffic may encounter significant delays during drive time hours due to the impact of flooding on a section of the roadway.

Shaw explains that flooding in the Plantation Heights community has channelled a considerable volume of water to a newly-constructed sub-surface drain along the affected section of the roadway.

However, he says despite the NWA’s best effort to prevent overflows onto the road surface, water has seeped beneath the fill and is impacting the roadway.

He says this particular section of the westbound lane is prone to flooding.

Shaw says the NWA began repairs to some sections of the corridor, but these activities were hampered by afternoon rainfall.