SIX new roundabouts, traffic lights and new street lighting are just some of the major upgrades proposed to enhance the safety of the Ronald Mapp Highway.
A number of residents from surrounding districts made their way to the St. Thomas Parish Church on Monday night to hear from a consultant of the IBI Group from Canada; and DLN Consultants from Barbados, in association with the Ministry of Transport, Works and Maintenance, as they showcased changes to the proposed designs, which were first viewed by the public in October 2018.
In a road safety review of the highway, it was revealed that there were at least five fatalities recorded on the highway in the last ten years; four of which involved pedestrians. There were also head-on collisions and serious collisions in the vicinity of bridges.
The Ronald Mapp Highway Upgrade Engineering Study showcased the major changes earmarked for the section of highway between Bagatelle in St. Thomas and Mile-and-a Quarter in St. Peter. It has a price tag of $60 million with a start date for construction to be determined.
The six roundabouts are proposed in Molyneux Road, Mangrove Road, Portvale Factory, Hayman’s/Black Bess, the Whim/Four Hill and “mini” roundabout at Mile-and-a Quarter.