City Manager Janice Brathwaite-Edwards wants an alternative route to be developed to access the McNamara area of Tortola.
She made her wishes known in light of the new, ultra-modern National Emergency Operations (NEOC)/DDM building that is to be built in that community.
“That’s where my concern would be – the access to and from the building once McNamara’s street is blocked up. My consideration is that we have a different way to access the building in case of an emergency. Maybe coming up Government House through some alley,” she said while noting that the road to the community was inaccessible after Hurricane Irma last September.
Chief Planner at the Town and Country Planning Department, Greg Adams, however, said he is not aware of any plans to expand the access road to the area. He further said he does not foresee any road expansions or development happening any time soon.
And while addressing another concern about the increased traffic to the area when the NEOC/DDM building is built, Adams said: “You can control a lot of those activities by timing. So, even though you expect more traffic, if you have deliveries, you can schedule them at certain points in time and disperse it over a 24-hour window.”
While weighing in on the discussion, DDM Director Sharleen DaBreo said McNamara is primarily a residential area and expanding the access road would effectively encroach on privately owned land.
“In terms of expanding the roadways, I’m not sure that’s going to happen – maybe not in my lifetime. What we do have now is an access point in and an access point out,” she said while speaking during a community meeting about the new NEOC/DDM building recently.
She noted that the McNamara area has had issues with flooding but said there is a solution being devised for that issue.
“We have expanded the Road Town Hydrology project to include the McNamara area so we are looking at those specific issues as it relates to the [NEOC/DDM] building but also as it relates to the wider community there.”
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