Work begins on Red Bay roundabout reconstruction

Crews have been working on the Red Bay roundabout, preparing to rebuild the road this summer. - PHOTO: TANEOS RAMSAY

The National Roads Authority plans to reconstruct the Red Bay roundabout this summer, and crews are already on site doing the preliminary work.

NRA workers have been drilling wells in recent weeks, causing water to pool in the roundabout and prompting complaints from motorists about driving conditions.

NRA senior engineer Edison Jackson said the drilling is almost complete for new storm drains. The large trailer-mounted drill was gone by the end of this week but will be back this weekend. He said they have to drill two more wells, one this weekend and one next weekend.

The NRA also plans to work on the sidewalks and rebuild the roundabout before the main roadwork in July and August. Mr. Jackson said the angle of the roundabout will be rebuilt to face inward instead of outward.

“It will be the correct way,” he said. Mr. Jackson said the preliminary work should not affect traffic. He said the NRA planned for the main work, which will require detours and delays, during July and August because schools will be out for summer break and there will be less traffic overall.

“We recognize the effects on traffic,” he said, adding that the NRA is working to minimize the impact on commuters.

NRA transportation planner Marion Pandohie said the authority is working on a media release now to explain detours and other aspects of the project before the main work begins in about two months.

Mr. Jackson said the NRA also plans to begin pavement rehabilitation work on Bodden Town Road near Midland Acres in the next couple of weeks.

He said crews will work on and off for two or three days at a time between other work.