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New traffic turnaround in Road Town takes effect Sunday

Road users in the British Virgin Islands are being advised that effective 5 am on Sunday, June 14, the much-talked-about new traffic turnaround in Road Town will be officially launched.

“Let me urge motorists and pedestrians to be courteous to each other during this time of transition,” Transportation Minister Kye Rymer said in a media release on Monday.

“All new routes as advertised and aided by road signage and directional road markings should be followed,” he added.


The following are the changes that will take effect.

On Waterfront Drive — which is the stretch of road from the traffic lights at First Caribbean bank to the roundabout by Sol Gas station — traffic would be going in one direction from the traffic lights heading in an easterly to the roundabout.

At the roundabout in Road Town, traffic will no longer go westerly on Waterfront Drive. 

On DeCastro Street — which is the road from Bobby’s Supermarket to Republic Bank — traffic will be going in one direction onto Positive Action Drive heading west.

One directional traffic on Main Street

The release also stated that the changes would be seen on Main Street, where traffic will be allowed to head west in one direction beginning from the foot of Joe’s Hill which is next to the Methodist Church’s graveyard towards the Dr D Orlando Smith Hospital.

In the meantime, road users on Nibbs Street – which is the road adjacent to FirstBank and the Cutlass Building – traffic will only be allowed to head in one direction, which is towards the Waterfront Drive.

Road users will be able to make a right turn only, the release further said. The release further said there will be other changes coming.

One such change will be an additional lane heading west from Administration Drive connecting with Waterfront Drive.

Parking and shuttling

This change will facilitate vehicles to flow freely onto the western parts of the island. And while there will be a free shuttle around town and free parking at the festival grounds, paid parking will also be available at various parking lots around the capital.

The overall aim of the change is to create a ‘pedestrian-friendly’ city, the release indicated.

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  1. pure assishness says:


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  2. Traffic Officers says:

    I hope that the Government/Minister will be placing traffic officers at key and strategic points to ensure no accidents cos this is a BIG change and it will take time for people to get use to it…people’s subconscious have to get us to the changes that have been a habit for donkey years…it’s a fact of the human condition…traffic officers needs to be stationed out here for the next 2 to 3 months…I don’t even think those signs they have placed are adequate.

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  3. Sigh* says:

    My only issue with the change is why arent any of the simulations staged during peak traffic hours? Wouldnt it afford more insite into the practicality of the changes to stage a test on a friday payday?

  4. Ahhhh says:

    This all has the makings of a giant cluster f***. This will not end well.

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  5. Right Sed Fred says:

    This is Hon Ryhmers Fraser moment!

  6. worried noob says:

    New to the Island, it is approaching a year now. And I am not a traffic engineer, I assume they hired one. BUT using side roads meant to service parking for a main traffic route does not seem like a good idea. A pedestrian friendly city is a great plan, i just dont think this is a way to create that. I am pretty sure I will never go to the west end via downtown. Sorry new Brewery.

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