Prospect, Red Bay roadwork to ramp up this summer

As schools close, roadwork gets under way

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

Roadwork in the Prospect and Red Bay areas will be scaled up in the coming weeks as the school year comes to a close, according to the National Roads Authority.

When work is under way, the Red Bay roundabout will be reduced to one lane, and the closed bypass lane will be re-routed to another road, a press release from the NRA outlining the work stated.

Most of the work will be done during off-peak times, the NRA stated, noting that it expects the work to be completed before school resumes in September.

The roundabout will be expanded to three lanes, and it will be re-surfaced so it slants inwards to improve road safety. Adding another lane will accommodate the widening of the east-west arterial between Dr. Tomlinson roundabout and the Grand Harbour roundabout to three lanes “in coming years,” the release noted.

Besides the reconfiguration of the Red Bay roundabout, work this summer includes enhancements to the East-West Arterial.

After the Red Bay roundabout is completed, one direction of the main road will be worked on at a time, the release noted. For instance, when work is being done to the east-bound lanes, one of the bypass lanes will be open for traffic as usual, but the other lane heading to the eastern districts will be diverted through the old section of Shamrock Road.

During this phase, the NRA warns there will be no right turns for west-bound traffic from the Red Bay roundabout to access the Prospect or Red Bay areas.

When the west-bound lanes are being worked on, one of the bypass lanes will be open for traffic as usual, but the other lane heading toward George Town will be diverted through Prospect Point Road.

The NRA advises motorists to drive with caution to ensure the safety of road crews and the general public.