Saturday 21 September, 2019

Dyke Road in Portmore still inaccessible for some motorists

Motorists who normally access the Dyke Road in the vicinity of the Portsmouth community and the Jam World Entertainment Centre in Portmore, St Catherine, are concerned that nearly two months after the road was closed, repair works are yet to be effected.

Their concerns are heightened by the fact that the new school term officially gets underway on Monday, January 8, at which time there will be an increase in the amount of traffic on the roads.

Access to the Dyke Road from near Portsmouth was closed off on November 15 when a section of the roadway which was undergoing repairs collapsed for a second time following heavy rains. Mounds of dirt were used to close off the road as it was deemed too dangerous and it has remained closed since.

When Loop News tried to contact Stephen Shaw, the communications director for the National Works Agency on Sunday, his phone rang to voicemail and he is yet to return our call.

Apart from Portmore residents, that section of the Dyke Road is also accessed by persons coming out of Spanish Town and beyond who choose to avoid the traffic on the Mandela Highway during rush hour periods. The closure has resulted in a buildup of traffic on the Mandela Highway and on George Lee Boulevard in Portmore by motorists trying to access the toll.

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