Following the completion of the historic traffic simulation exercise which was conducted in Road Town on Friday, May 1, Transportation Minister Kye Rymer said a few adjustments will need to be made.
Minister Rymer noted that the exercise, which saw more than 100 motorists participating, was a success but said his team of experts spotted some changes which will be added to the existing plan.
This is to ensure that the new directional traffic flow intended for the capital before the end of 2020 runs smoothly once it comes into effect.
“What we saw today is that we have to do some alterations to one of the roads at Noel Lloyd Park. Public Works, they have committed that it is something that they will get done in the short term, so we are hoping to come back again and update the public before we set a date,” Rymer stated.
“What we are doing also is that we are putting in traffic signs so that you will have directional signs, stop signs, yield signs and we are working along with the Public Works Department. They are out, they have assessed exactly where will have dotted lines and where will have solid lines,” he added.
Rerouting of traffic only viable option
Minister Rymer also explained that the decision to reroute the traffic to ease congestion in Road Town was the only viable option.
He said: “Usually a proven way to mitigate traffic congestion is to increase capacity of the road network. We acknowledge that we cannot increase capacity in Road Town by adding new roads. This would be impractical as the constraints and layout does not allow for such measures.”
“Another popular method for increasing capacity to address traffic congestion is to construct additional lanes to existing roads; however, this is not practical in Road Town,” the minister added.
Other phases of the project to come
Meanwhile, Rymer said the rerouting of traffic in the capital is only one phase of the project and revealed some of the other plans intended to complete the full transformation of Road Town.
“We will add an additional lane going westbound coming out of Admin Drive onto Waterfront Drive, where we will hold more capacity of vehicles so that the traffic can flow and move quickly going to the western end of the island,” he said.
The other phases include the implementation of paid parking lots within the Road Town area; free parking at the Festival Grounds to accommodate up to 270 vehicles; and free shuttle service from the Festival Grounds into Road Town.
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