Traffic Dept. Advising Motorists To Comply With Traffic Changes During Construction Of New West Line Bus Terminal

By: Chaïra Flanders

Basseterre, St. Kitts, October 24, 2019 (ZIZ News): With the construction of a new and improved West line Bus Terminal currently underway, the Traffic Department is advising motorists to follow traffic laws and changes as a result of this process.

Construction of the new Omni Bus Terminal began on Monday October 21. Multiple traffic signs and warnings have since been placed by the Traffic Department to caution drivers and pedestrians in the area.

Constable Donaly Liburd-Chiverton of the Traffic Department told ZIZ News that the signs have been strategically placed to ensure compliance and safety. Constable Chiverton outlined a number of changes that have been made to accommodate the ongoing construction.

She said, “There will be no right turn when you exit the terminal. You can go left and that takes you to the Market area or you can go straight ahead and that takes you to lower Market Street and then you turn right onto Liverpool Row. There is absolutely no parking on Liverpool Row between the Auto Master Auto shop and the Bamboo Bar.”

She also said that a mirror has been placed specifically to enhance the view for drivers exiting the Terminal.

She added that no entry or parking is allowed on Shear Lane nor is there parking allowed along College Street Ghaut.

The Traffic officer said that the department is very much aware of the many complaints that highlight the issue of parking. She then asked for the public’s patience and understanding during this temporary process.

She also suggested car pooling as a form of reducing the use of vehicles in clustered areas to ease traffic congestion and increase the flow of traffic. “There is parking at Rams, parking at Port Zante and parking in the Cenotaph area”, Chiverton reminded.

Additionally, Bar owners who occupy the Ferry Terminal lots have allowed drivers of the buses to use their parking spaces during the ongoing construction.

The new bus terminal is expected to receive improved features such as an increased holding capacity, a fully covered facility, comfortable seating and defined passenger holding areas.

The construction of the new and improved West line Bus Terminal is earmarked for completion by December 2019 ahead of the Christmas/Carnival season.

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