The National Works Agency (NWA) is advising motorists that starting Saturday Jan 12 that traffic along the Mandela Highway heading towards Spanish Town will be switched to the newly constructed westbound carriageway.
Communication and Customer Services Manager at the NWA, Stephen Shaw explained that the shifting of the westbound traffic is to create work spa. for the installation of a dedicated right turning lane on to Torn Cringle Drive. He says the traffic switch is Permanent and will subsequently allow for the completion of works to raise the remaining section of the existing westbound lanes between Six Miles and Torn Cringle Drive.
Shaw explained that motorists will enter the new carriageway using two lanes just after crossing the temporary Bailey Bridge at Six Miles. On reaching Tom Cringle Drive, they will have the use of three lanes a. will return to two lanes when exiting the new roadway in the vicinity of the East West Highway entrance.
Shaw says the necessary facilities will be Put in Place. ahead of the change, ensure the safety of motorists and pedestrians who will now use the widened thoroughfare. Two locations along the innermost lane (the lane closest to the concrete median), one in close proximity to the traffic lights at Tom Cringle Drive and at the other at Fresh River Bridge, will serve as dedicated drop off areas for vehicles carrying passengers wanting to access the Ferry community.
The drop-off points will be properly demarcated and secured with temporary barriers. The NWA is to, in the upcoming days, install a temporary pedestrian light at the Fresh River Bridge drop-off point to assist persons to cross the eastbound carriageway safely where a similar area dedicated to the setting down of passengers will be created.
The eastbound carriageway will continue to operate as is, accommodating two lanes of traffic, between the East and west Highway off ramp and the Six Miles Overpass.
The westbound carriageway, will be appropriately marked along the entire length of the new roadway.
The NWA is discouraging motorists from attempting to use the Ramp or overpass bridge along the carriageway and continues to advise that the Mandela Highway is still an active construction zone and use of some areas can be restricted at any time.
The Mandela Highway Reconstruction project is currently 88% complete. The project is one of seven legacy projects being implemented under the government’s Major Infrastructure Development Programme (MIDP) and is valued at some $8 billion Jamaican dollars.