JIS News

The National Works Agency (NWA) is reporting that over 95% of the 176 roadways across the island made impassable during the passage of Tropical Storm Sandy have been reopened to at least single lane traffic.

The remaining 5% or nine (9) roadways are still impassable. Of this number six (6) are located in St. Thomas. These are White Hall to Hillside, Hall Head to Morant River Bridge, Coley to Low Mountain, Yallahs to Petersfield and Hall Head to Negro River/White Ford to Mahogany Vale, where the rivers are still in spate at both locations and the roadway is inundated.

In Portland the Ecclesdown to Muirton main road is still impassable. Over in St. Andrew, the Nolan Hill to Border main road is cut off at Mount Ogle and just outside the town of Lawrence Tavern in the vicinity of Oberlin High School where major breakaways occurred. In St. Ann the Fern Gully main road is still impassable in the vicinity of its intersection with Breadnut Hill when travelling from the direction of Ocho Rios. A large fallen tree is blocking the roadway.

The majority of the affected roadways were cleared by NWA Teams and contractors within 48 hours of the passage of the tropical storm. Blockages were caused mainly by fallen trees; wash down silt and debris and fallen poles and power lines. A minority of roads were affected by storm water overflowing from drains, flooding and landslides.

The National Works Agency is advising motorists and residents that while the tropical storm has passed they still need to exercise due care on these roadways while undertaking their daily activities. 



Stephen Shaw                                       

Manager, Communication and Customer Services

National Works Agency

Tel: 926-8895/382-7797