Thursday 3 December, 2020

Friday evening traffic jam into Portmore

It was chaos in traffic to get back into St Catherine late on Friday afternoon, as there was a pile-up close to the 6 pm start of the nightly curfew.

It was not clear what the real cause of the pile-up was, but Friday was noticeably the first day that St Catherine was coming out of a 16-day lockdown.

The measure was imposed by the Government after a business process outsourcing (BPO) company, Alorica call centre, had a number of employees testing positive for the deadly coronavirus (COVID-19). The cases were relative to the company’s Portmore, St Catherine operation.

The traffic jam started from about 4 pm, with a build-up on Spanish Town Road stretching as far back from Mandela Highway to the Red Stripe plant.

For those who opted out of that journey by travelling on the Portmore leg of the Highway 2000 toll road, it was perhaps even worse, as the build-up along that corridor started at the entrance at Marcus Garvey Drive.

It took more than one hour to clear the relatively short journey to the toll booth, which would have been completed in approximately five minutes on a normal day.

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