A month after Government officials promised that the newly installed traffic lights at the Ronald Mapp Highway- Westmoreland junction would be switched on residents are still waiting for this to take place.
On July 8 the then Minister of Transport Dr William Duguid revealed that the lights were taken from a stock of approximately $2 million worth of equipment that had been lying in storage for more than two years.
Upbeat at the time, Duguid said he was happy that the calls from residents in the area for stoplights were finally being answered, and that the lights would be switched on in a week after the installation of all the sensors and signals.
The installation of the traffic lights, which forms part of Government’s ‘junction improvement project’, started about four weeks prior to the announcement and came several years after numerous accidents in the area.
However, with the lights yet to be switched on, some residents told Barbados TODAY they were not bothered, and they were willing to wait a while longer.
“I really don’t mind it not coming on yet,” said one man who did not want to be identified.
“The good thing is that they are there now. If they take a few more weeks there isn’t anything I can do about that. It is there so it will come on eventually,” he added
Another man who only gave his name as Mr Jones said he was not concerned about the delay in the lights being activated.
“Things happen and if there is a delay in turning them on, I am sure the authorities have their reason,” he added.
When contacted, several officials within the Ministry of Transport, Works and Water Resources declined to comment.(MM)