Plans are underway to reform traffic routes on Tortola to create one-way roadways in and around Road Town.
Transportation & Works Minister Kye Rymer said these plans are in an effort to ease the current congestion in the capital city.
“As the school term is about to begin, I want to start to sensitize the public as to what will be coming on stream in terms of transforming the traffic in the Road Town area,” Rymer said while making his contribution in the House of Assembly recently.
“When you are coming from the West End area and you are heading east at the Admin Complex, we will erect (traffic) lights and we intend to turn Waterfront Drive into a one way (lane) heading east. Upon approaching the roundabout, you would be able to turn left or go straight on to the dual carriageway.”
He said the one-way traffic lane would also continue in other areas.
“When you are leaving the dual carriageway and heading west, traffic would then be heading towards Bobby’s (Supermarket) down on DeCastro Street. That would be a one way (lane) heading in that direction, or you can continue around the roundabout or go over to where the LIME (Flow) building is at.”
Loop around town
The Transportation Minister said this new system would create what he described as a ‘loop’ around Road Town.
With this loop, he said the traffic would be heading west into DeCastro Street and motorists will have the option to access Waterfront Drive by making a right turn onto the street where the Cutlass Tower located.
The other option is to drive along the road that leads to Banco Popular.
“We also intend to turn the traffic in the opposite direction by Noel Lloyd Positive Action Movement Park so that road would be heading west instead of east and then you would make a right on the Admin Drive [next to the Admin Complex].”
Traffic transformation will also move to Main Street, Rymer said.
“It is also the intent to turn traffic on Main Street from Jose’s Hill in the other direction — a one way. [We] hope to ease some traffic congestion [there],” the Transportation Minister said.
The public will be involved
While he did not indicate when the proposed traffic reform would come into effect, Rymer said residents would be part of the transformation.
He said this would be done through public meetings, among other avenues.
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