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90% of roadways blocked during torrential rains cleared — NWA

Friday, May 19, 2017

KINGSTON, Jamaica – The National Works Agency (NWA) has reported that 90 per cent of the roadways, which were reported impassable earlier this week, have now been cleared.

The agency said it is continuing its assessment of the impact that the recent heavy rains would have had on roadways in the parishes of St Catherine and Clarendon.

Communications and customer service manager at the NWA, Stephen Shaw, said the reports of impact so far are preliminary and assessment on the ground will continue until the current state of all NWA roads is known.

Shaw said attention is however usually given to a corridor once it is discovered impassable particularly where communities have been marooned or it provides access to critical services.

The NWA is, however, currently assessing a section of the Manchioneal main road in Portland, which has been damaged by floodwaters.

The Vanity Fair to Tavern Hill roadway in St Catherine remains impassable, so too the Sports Park to Post Road corridor, which was discovered blocked by landslides overnight.

Access to the town of Frankfield has been cut off travelling from Trout Hall, in the parish of Clarendon.

The NWA said it is working to fix the badly severed road section temporarily with river shingles and boulders.

Motorists are being urged to proceed with extreme caution along affected roadways as it continues to rain, heavily at times, in sections of Clarendon, St Catherine and Portland.