Caution urged along corridors in St. Catherine, Portland following heavy rainfall

Date Published: 
08 Jan 2018

Motorists are being urged to proceed with extreme caution along a number of roadways in the parishes of St. Catherine, St. Ann, Portland and St. Mary as the National Works Agency (NWA) continues its efforts to clear these corridors of debris following heavy weekend rains.

According to Manager, Communication and Customer Services at the NWA, Stephen Shaw, NWA teams deployed to some of the affected areas are being challenged as it is still raining in a number of locations and material from saturated embankments continue to impact the roadways.

Mr. Shaw says the NWA is urging motorists to be on the lookout for falling material along the Lime Hall main road in St. Ann; the Junction in St. Mary and the Natural Bridge to Pear Tree Grove roadway at an area known as Seafield in St. Catherine. These roadways are being constantly impacted by land slippages or are severely scoured in sections.

Motorists travelling along the Junction Road must approach the area in the vicinity of Georgia or Chovey with caution as a depression at the location has worsened and motorists might find it difficult maneuvering the area.

Teams have however managed to clear all but two roadways which were blocked by landslides in the parish of Portland. The roads from Rio Grande to Cuffies Head and Moore Town to Cornwall Barracks are still not accessible to vehicular traffic.

All roadways which were impacted in the parish of St. Catherine have been reopened to at least single lane traffic.