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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