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Traffic changes to take effect along Mandela Highway on Saturday

Published:Thursday | October 18, 2018 | 6:05 PM
Westbound traffic along Mandela Highway in St Andrew. File

The National Works Agency (NWA) is advising motorists of traffic changes along Mandela Highway in the vicinity of the Six Miles Overpass, which should take effect this Saturday, and continue for a minimum of eight weeks. The changes will impact westbound traffic, that is persons travelling towards Spanish Town.

Stephen Shaw, manager, communication and customer services at the NWA, says that westbound traffic will be detoured onto a bailey bridge that has been installed in the vicinity of the overpass. That traffic flow along Mandela, where it intersects Spanish Town Road and Washington Boulevard, will be controlled by a newly installed, temporary traffic signal.

Shaw says that motor vehicles exiting Washington Boulevard will keep to the right to pass through the bailey bridge onto a newly constructed section of roadway then continue onto Mandela Highway in the vicinity of Tom Cringle Drive. The same will obtain for vehicles exiting Spanish Town Road. Both flows will be regulated by the traffic signals.

These changes, according to Shaw, are to facilitate the construction of the last major structure under the Mandela Highway improvement works. The old metal structure over the Duhaney River is to be replaced by a concrete box culvert. The work will be done in two phases in order to allow for continuous usage of the road.

The Mandela Highway is currently being improved at a cost of US$65 million, as part of the Major Infrastructure Development Programme.

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