The transition into the new traffic route in Road Town is closer to reality, as the second simulation exercise has been deemed a success.
Residents came out in their numbers to try out the soon-to-be-implemented route despite it being a public holiday yesterday, June 1.
Works Minister Kye Rymer said the second and final traffic simulation exercise was done after making amendments following the first exercise a few weeks ago. He said more data was collated yesterday to fine-tune the changes.
“So far, it seems to be working seamlessly to me. I am proud to see we actually have a lot of vehicles going through the stimulation,” Rymer stated.
“After this, we are going to do some more sensitization of the public, some more educational campaigns and then we will hopefully have it done in a couple of weeks. This is a big deal, this is something that we have been dealing with for over 10, 15, maybe 20 years,” he added.
He said while there are some criticism to the undertaking, the overall goal is to have a more efficient flow of traffic in the capital.
Contract for new lane
In the meantime, Rymer said government just signed a contract for a third lane in the area, “so that we will have an additional outlet for vehicles going to the westerly end.”
The lane will be from the junction at Administration Drive to the crosswalk at the ferry terminal adjacent to the taxi stand.
The contract in question was to the tune of $203,069.43. Works are to be done by S&S Construction and Accurate Construction.
“The works will include the removal and replacement of the existing sidewalks; construction of pedestrian-friendly sidewalks; construction of a new lane heading westward; a bus layby to facilitate the picking up of persons heading west; drainage improvement along the entire project and asphalt overlay,” Rymer said.
Additionally, a few sidewalks along the route, such as the pedestrian lane next to the Republic Bank (formerly Scotia Bank) has been downsized to provide a wider lane in that area.
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