Roundabout planned on Village Road – Eye Witness News

Nassau, Bahamas — Roundabouts have been added in front of Queen’s College and The Bahamas National Trust to improve safety for drivers and pedestrians crossing Village Road, New Providence’s main thoroughfare.

The Department of Public Works announced additional plans at a walkabout on Friday, August 26, 2022.

“Several additional works are under consideration in connection with the installation of a roundabout in front of Queen’s College and the Bahamas National Trust,” said Minister of Works and Public Works Alfred Sears.

“We are looking forward to discussing further what is intended to make this road more efficient and to improve the quality of life for the residents of this community as well as for the guests who come as students, teachers. We will meet with both of these stakeholders in 2020, including guests and patrons of Queen’s College, as well as the National Trust and other commercial establishments on Village Road.”

The $6.4 million project, which started in January of this year, is expected to be completed in November. The project included the installation of pipes and eight-inch water mains along the length of Village Road, improvements to several junctions, widening lanes, adding turn lanes, a video camera traffic system, underground works, re-paving, This includes the installation of new signs and stripes.

Sears led a team of engineers, Knowles Construction representatives, the Bahamas National Trust, and media on a tour of the project from Queen’s College to the entrance to St Andrews Drive. Parliamentary Secretary Backus Rolle and Undersecretary Luther Smith were also present.

Resident engineer Albrion Symonette Jr said the roundabout would require the installation of a circle and additional road pavement.

“In the current situation, there are many turning maneuvers where cars can collide and there are collisions and points that also pose a danger to pedestrians,” said Simonette Jr.

“Replacing the roundabout will require demolition, moving walls and moving vegetation. This will improve the efficiency and flow of Village Road, as well as the safety of motorists and pedestrians. Most of them are children, because this is a school district.”

Symonette said underground utilities present challenges for the project.

“You can actually damage the pipe when you’re digging. Damage along the way caused some delays and setbacks,” he said.

Sears highlighted its “extraordinary” collaboration with Knowles Construction, BPL, WSC, Cable Bahamas, and the Department of Public Works, and celebrated the design and construction of the project by Bahamians.

“This project was designed by Bahamians,” Sears said.

“It is also built by Bahamians, so we have Bahamian technical expertise and creativity. This should celebrate the ministry and local talent of the private sector embarking on this major project in the Bahamas and making it world class.”

“You may have seen the 8 foot excavation going on in some places this afternoon. Cables are being laid not only for current use but also for further extension to Paradise Island. It is suitable not only for current purposes, but also for anticipated expansions and repairs en route to existing infrastructure.”

Sears also thanked stakeholders, including businesses and residents, for their “extraordinary” cooperation, as well as the courtesy shown by drivers when making detours from main roads to side roads. Roundabout planned on Village Road – Eye Witness News

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