The Ministry of Works and Transport was forced to open the Priority Bus Route (PBR) to private cars last evening after a lightning strike left the traffic lights at the Curepe Intersection non-functional.
Yesterday there was heavy rainfall and even flash flooding in some parts of the East-West corridor, including St Joseph, St Augustine, the Uriah Butler Highway in Mt Hope, Tunapuna, El Soccorro and the Southern Main Road in Curepe.
During the rains, lightning struck taking the power out of the traffic lights.
In a statement yesterday, the ministry said PBR was open to light motor vehicles.
It said this was necessary to facilitate the free flow of traffic following the service disruption of the temporary traffic light signals located at the Curepe Interchange that were struck by lightning.
The ministry said it was making all efforts to restore service in the shortest possible time.
But the adverse weather was not the only cause of traffic on Thursday.
According to the Office of Disaster Preparedness and Management (ODPM), a vehicular accident involving an equipment truck on the southbound lane of the Uriah Butler Highway forced members of the public to seek alternative routes because of major traffic congestion.