Flooding on Mandela Highway

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Flooding on Mandela Highway

Monday, November 12, 2018

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KINGSTON, Jamaica — Afternoon rain has caused flooding on Mandela Highway in the vicinity of Nestle Jamaica Ltd, resulting in motorists heading towards St Catherine being allowed to use a section of the corridor that is currently under construction.

Police have informed that due to the rain, the Duhaney River has overflowed its banks, pushing water onto the roadway.

The flooding has led to a pileup of traffic along Washington Boulevard and Spanish Road, both of which merge with Mandela Highway. It is also affecting traffic heading towards Kingston.

The National Works Agency (NWA) said the delays may persist into the late evening and as such is urging motorists to use alternative routes such as the Portmore leg of Highway 2000 or via Sligoville.

The agency informed that a team is currently working to clear a blocked drain and create new channels in the vicinity of the intersection to facilitate a freer flow of water from the roadway. It is not clear how long this activity will last.

NWA is appealing to motorists to exercise patience as they travel along the affected section of the Mandela Highway and to remain mindful that they are still operating within a construction zone.

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