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The National Works Agency (NWA) is advising motorists to exercise extreme caution in using several signalized intersections in St. Andrew and St. James, which are now experiencing technical difficulties.

Heavy rains and lightening yesterday   has affected five intersections in St. Andrew. Traffic systems at the Molynes Road/Woodglen Avenune, Hagley Park Road/Maxfield Avenue, Constant Spring Road/Shortwood Road and the Hope Road/Old Hope Road (Matildas Corner) intersections are all malfunctioning. The system at the Constant Spring Road/Dunrobin Avenue intersection was also out of service, but has been repaired.

Manager of Communication and Customer Services at the NWA, Stephen Shaw says that technical teams have been out assessing the problems. Preliminary checks have so far revealed that some of the traffic systems are being affected by low voltage and that this has been reported to the Jamaica Public Service Company (JPSCo) for their action.

Mr. Shaw says that lightening strikes have damaged electronic components to the system at Molynes Road and Woodglen Avenue. These components are now being sourced.

In the meantime, over in St. James, work started this morning to reposition signal heads that had been knocked out of place by overloaded trucks, hauling sugarcane to the Frome Sugar Factory in Westmoreland. Traffic systems at the Barrett Town/Rose Hall main road, Howard Cooke Boulevard/Gloucester Avenue and Howard Cooke Boulvard/Market Street intersections have all been affected.

Mr. Shaw says the system at Embassy Place and St. James Street in Montego Bay is also out of service, due to major defects, while that at the intersection of Alice Eldermire Drive and the AGS Coombs Highway is not functioning at its optimum, after being damaged by an overloaded.