Tuesday 30th January, 2018 –Motorists are being advised of a simulated road closure exercise that will result in diversions this weekend.
The Project Implementation Management Unit (PIMU) will conduct the exercise in an effort to begin rolling out a Traffic Management Plan ahead of the commencement of road work under the Road Infrastructure Rehabilitation Project.
The simulated road closure exercise will take place from 6:00am on Friday 2nd February 2018 to 6:00am on Saturday 3rd February 2018.
According to a statement, the section of Friars Hill Road from Cedar Grove Main Road to the junction of Old Popes Head Road is earmarked as phase one (1A) on Friars Hill road and will be closed for 24 hours.
The road closure will allow the Traffic Management Committee (TMC) which consists of representatives from the Royal Police Force of Antigua and Barbuda, Antigua and Barbuda Transport Board, Emergency Services, Ministry of Works and Housing personnel, Representatives from the PIMU and from BHM International Limited to assess road user behavior before ground work begins in mid-February.
PRO for the Project Implementation Management Unit (PIMU), Shawn Thomas said:
“The diversion route for phase one of the project will be Marble Hill Road.”
He urges road users to “be mindful of the fact that a project of such a magnitude will result in some amount of traffic congestion and calls on drivers to avoid parking along by-roads or main roads both during the simulation and construction phases.
Road rehabilitation work will start on Friars Hill Road with work on Sir George Walter Highway (Airport Road) to follow soon after.
The project is being made possible through grant funding of 13.9 million pounds from the United Kingdom Caribbean Infrastructure Partnership Fund (UKCIF). Oversight is being provided by the Department for International Development. The grant funding is being administered by the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB).
The Government of Antigua and Barbuda has committed US $11 million dollars towards the project.
Meantime, Thomas urges business owners operating along Sir. George Walter Highway to attend an interactive public stakeholder consultation on Thursday 8th February 2018 beginning at 6:00pm at the Multipurpose centre to discuss the impact of the planned road work on the business community.