Brace for more traffic pile-ups and longer than usual delays!

That’s the warning from Commanding Officer for the Constabulary’s Public Safety and Traffic Enforcement Branch P-STEB, Senior Superintendent of Police, SSP, Calvin Allen to motorists who usually use the Three Miles corridor on a daily basis.

The Senior Superintendent’s advice to motorists follows a gridlock in that section of the Corporate Area yesterday causing hours of delay.

The Three Miles intersection in the vicinity of Spanish Town Road in St. Andrew, is closed to through traffic for the next eight months.

The National Works Agency, NWA, says this latest leg of the phased closure is to further facilitate the ongoing bridge construction works at the location.

SSP Allen is calling for motorists to exercise patience and discipline as they deal with the changes.

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Speaking last evening on Nationwide @ 5, SSP Allen said the Police High Command has instructed the St. Andrew South Police Division to increase security in some troubled areas to prevent criminals from taking advantage of the traffic congestion.

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In the meantime, Communication and Customer Services Manager at the National Works Agency, NWA, Stephen Shaw, sought to explain the reason for the traffic congestion during peak hour yesterday morning.

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In a statement yesterday, Mr. Shaw says based on the reviews conducted by the works’ agency’s engineers and the police, unruly motorists contributed to the lengthy delays that were encountered yesterday.

As a result, Mr. Shaw says the NWA and the police have decided to restrict movement along Gretna Green Avenue.

The statement says other changes include access being granted to vehicular traffic along Hagley Park Road from the direction of the Waltham Park Road/Hagley Park Road intersection, heading towards Half Way Tree.

Mr. Shaw says buses operated by the Jamaica Urban Transit Company, JUTC, and franchise operators will be allowed to use Olympic Way and Bay Farm Road to access Spanish Town Road.

He says openings in the median along Spanish Town Road, between Majestic Gardens and Penwood Road will also be closed.