Traffic changes for Mandela Highway
The National Works Agency (NWA) is set to switch traffic travelling along the Mandela Highway towards Spanish Town to the newly-constructed westbound carriageway.
The change will take effect tomorrow Saturday, January 12 at 6:00 a.m.
Manager, Communication at the NWA Stephen Shaw explains that the shifting of the westbound traffic is to create workspace for the installation of a dedicated right turning lane on to Tom Cringle Drive.
Shaw 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 Tom Cringle Drive.
How the changes will work
* motorists will enter the new carriageway using two lanes just after crossing the temporary Bailey Bridge at Six Miles.
* On reaching Tom Cringle Drive, motorists will have the use of three lanes and will return to two lanes when exiting the new roadway in the vicinity of the East/West Highway entrance.
* The necessary facilities will be put in place, ahead of the change, to ensure the safety of motorists and pedestrians who will now use the widened thoroughfare.
* Two locations along the innermost lane - 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/West Highway off-ramp and the Six Miles Overpass.
* The westbound carriageway, to be put into service tomorrow morning, 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 located 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 NWA says the Mandela Highway Reconstruction project is currently 88 per cent complete.