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Potholes on diversion routes contribute to traffic congestion, says ASP Ellis, who calls on Works Ministry for road repairs

As motorists continue to face disruptions on some of the major roadways, the Traffic Department is issuing a call to the Ministry of Works to fix some of the minor roads to ease congestion.  The Planning Implementation Management Unit (PIMU) is tasked with coordinating the rehabilitation of two highways.

Today, it closed a section of the Sir Sidney Walling Highway, which has been reduced to single-lane traffic between the Sir Vivian Richards Cricket Ground and Parham Corner to facilitate the laying of telephone ducts.  However, Assistant Superintendent of Police Rodney Ellis says the rehabilitation work is greatly impeding the flow of traffic.

Ellis is therefore appealing to the Works Ministry to conduct repairs on some of the diversion routes.  He says these roads are also contributing to the congestion, since motorists have to slow down to maneuver some large potholes.

Meanwhile, the PIMU says that local access to businesses and residents in areas where work is being done will always be granted.

It was noted that traffic management measures are being endorsed by the Royal Police Force of Antigua and Barbuda.  The single-lane traffic management currently underway on Sir Sydney Walling Highway will continue until 6 p.m. on Friday, November 20.

“Works will be carried out in sections, and temporary traffic lights will be in place to regulate the traffic in the work zone area,” officials say. Additionally, traffic cones and signage will be visible for all road users, who are asked to proceed with extreme caution.

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