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Thursday, Dec 07, 2023

More Wheelchair Accessible Sidewalks

More Wheelchair Accessible Sidewalks

The Government has promised to redo more sidewalks in Road Town in an effort to enhance wheelchair access.
Minister for Transportation, Works and Utilities, Hon. Kye Rymer said the plan is part of The Road Town Improvement Programme, which is a multi-pronged programme that seeks to improve the overall function and the aesthetics of the city.

He stated that as they seek to make Road Town a more pedestrian-friendly area, it was recognised that there is a need to upgrade sidewalks and crosswalks.

"You would have seen the commencement of works to the sidewalks along Administration Drive. The reconstructed sidewalks will have standardized wheelchair ramps to accommodate the disabled as well as a reinforced base slab to ensure no further deformation of the sidewalks," Hon. Rymer stated.

He explained that there were multiple discussions with the Public Works Department about specific areas throughout the Road Town area that have targeted for improvement, which will be rolled out in a phased manner.

He spoke about the improvement of the drainage at the intersection of Admin Drive and Water Front Drive (next to Romasco Building) which will create an easier transition from Administration Drive to Water Front Drive for vehicular traffic that is heading west-bound.

According to Hon. Rymer, there are plans for the widening of the east bound lanes on the Dual Carriage Way next to the Brewley Building and the Maduro Building which houses the Post Office along with an addition of a wheel chair ramp for pedestrian friendly access.

"Improvement of the wheel chair accessibility of the sidewalks and upgrade the drainage system within the Bobby’s Supermarket area. Along DeCastro Street we intend to place wheelchair ramps on all the sidewalks to allow for all our sidewalks to be wheelchair accessible and enhancing the turning radius to allow for vehicles to better enter and exit from the various parking lots," Hon. Rymer stated.

He explained that one of the primary concerns in Road Town is to ensure that the traffic is flowing consistently and efficiently.

"We undertook the traffic turnaround in 2020 and we launched the shuttle services on 3rd February, 2022 to assist in reducing the number of vehicles in the center of Road Town and to reduce the need for parking in Road Town. I encourage motorists, pedestrians to utilise our shuttle service. We have a consistent service and we are doing our part with doing green energy within our territory," Hon. Rymer stated.

He noted that the shuttle service is a part of the bigger programme to push the free parking facilities towards the outskirts of Road Town, particularly at the Festival Grounds and the parking lot opposite the hospital.

"To this end, we are expected in the next two weeks to commence works to upgrade the entrance and exit area to allow for a better flow of traffic in and out of the Festival Grounds," Hon. Rymer stated.

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