Residents frustrated by roadside works in Hannahs will need to be patient for at least the next three weeks while workers finish laying cable in the area to transmit power from the Pockwood Pond BVI Electricity Corporation power plant to Long Bush.

Answering questions at a community meeting in Sea Cows Bay Friday, BVIEC Deputy General Manager Henry Creque said the project under way now is indeed a “huge development,” but he and other officials said they would do what they can to minimise the impact for drivers in the area.

Third District Representative Julian Fraser, who hosted the meeting at the Valerie O. Thomas Community Centre, blamed residents’ frustrations on poor planning.

“What is taking place is the result of poor planning, or no planning at all,” he said, adding that he worries that as the project continues toward Road Town traffic problems would worsen. “What we are witnessing is a situation that can develop into something much worse once it gets into Sea Cows Bay.”

Communications and Works Minister Mark Vanterpool said he understands residents’ concerns and said he would pursue a temporary widening of the road by placing soil over the kerb so drivers can temporarily use the sidewalk.

Mr. Vanterpool added that he would speak to police officials about having a traffic enforcement officer stationed at the site during peak traffic hours.

 

See the Feb 18, 2016 edition for full coverage.

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