Motorists who use the Ronald Mapp leg of the ABC Highway and were hoping for relief soon from the bumps, manholes and detours will have to wait some more.
C.O. Willimas Construction general manager Neil Weekes informed Barbados TODAY, by telephone yesterday, that it would be another few months before the work there was completed.
Stating, however, that construction on the $46 million Warrens Traffic Safety Improvement Project was on schedule, to be finished by mid-2014, he noted delays had come through challenges in acquisition.
Weekes said that the Green Hill, St Michael end of the project and the St Thomas stretch from Automotive Arts to Warrens Hill were awaiting completion of acquisitions before being restarted.
Furthermore, he said, when acquisition of the Green Hill end is done, work would not recommence until after December, as C.O. Williams Construction had to assure businesses construction would not infringe their Christmas trade.
Weekes told Barbados TODAY that though bound by acquisition delays, the C.O. Williams team was committed to completing the project on schedule, as it was working intensely on reducing the current inconvenience to motorists.
As well, he said, the Barbados Light & Power Co. was now laying duct cables in the Redman Village/Bagatelle area for future upgrades and once that was done, construction there could be restarted. And when it is, Weekes said, the road there would be widened, which was expected to be concluded by November. By January next year the the crash barriers would be installed, he added.
The general manager also advised that the traffic lights at the Sol Service Station (Prior Park/Redman’s Village) junction would remain out of use and new trenching would not allow motorists coming from Warrens Hill to turn right directly into Redmans Village. Instead, motorists will come to “a lollipop”, built further north along Bagatelle Road that will steer drivers back in the direction of Warrens for a left turn to Redman’s.
The three-year Warrens Traffic Safety Improvement Project, which was intended to ease the traffic congestion in the expanding commercial area, began in 2011, with plans for the construction of several new roundabouts, as well as the overall expansion of the roads into two lanes on each side.
It has already seen the completion of a roundabout at Jackson, and one in the vicinity of KFC, with plans now for another at Lodge Road, at Bagatelle and at the junction by Marshall Trading.