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  • The Police have advised that, effective Monday (March 16), special traffic arrangements will be instituted, in the vicinity of the Riverton City Disposal Site, in St. Andrew, to assist motorists who may encounter challenges negotiating the roadway, due to poor visibility caused by smoke from the burning facility.

The Police have advised that, effective Monday (March 16), special traffic arrangements will be instituted, in the vicinity of the Riverton City Disposal Site, in St. Andrew, to assist motorists who may encounter challenges negotiating the roadway, due to poor visibility caused by smoke from the burning facility.

Consequent on this, they are urging persons to exercise caution as they proceed along that corridor in order to prevent mishaps which could result in accidents.

Representatives of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF), who attended a stakeholder agencies meeting convened by Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Portia Simpson Miller, at Jamaica House, on Sunday (March 15), where she was updated on developments with the fire containment operations, indicated that the extent of heavy smoke emanating from the site, necessitated some amount of traffic management being instituted in that section of the city.

The Police have advised motorists or other persons not conducting business in the area or who do not necessarily have to travel along that corridor, to avoid going there, so as to enable agencies involved in the fire fighting operations, easy access to the disposal site.

Agency representatives attending the meeting were told that regular disposal activities have ceased at the landfill, and that only authorized personnel involved in the fire fighting operations will be allowed access.

The key agencies involved are: the Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management (ODPEM), Jamaica Fire Brigade (JFB), National Solid Waste Management Authority (NSWMA), and Jamaica Defence Force (JDF).