A number of traffic diversions and road closures in and around Bridgetown will be in place on Wednesday, January 6, to ensure the smooth running of activities for the launch of the 50th Anniversary of Independence Celebrations.
During a press conference held recently at the 50th Anniversary of Independence Celebrations Secretariat, in the Old Town Hall Building in Bridgetown, Assistant Superintendent Ronald Stanford outlined a number of measures to be undertaken for the ceremonial parade through The City, and the multi-media concert in Independence Square.
In order to accommodate the parade, which starts at Redman???s Drive, the road from Redman???s Drive to Independence Square will be closed to all vehicular traffic from 4:00 p.m. until the marchers enter Independence Square.
Assistant Superintendent Stanford said the route from Redmans Drive up to the junction of Broad Street and High Street would reopen when the marchers reached Independence Square. However, Broad Street, Bridge Street and the Charles Duncan O???neal Bridge and Probyn Street will remain closed to general vehicular traffic.
He also pointed out that persons who wish to gain entry to the upper part of Bridgetown would be diverted to Lakes Folly, while persons who wish to enter the lower part of The City from the upper part would be diverted at John Beckles Drive, Roebuck Street and at Country Road.
Lower Fairchild Street will be closed from noon until the end of the activities, and according to Assistant Superintendent Stanford this would be inconvenient for the public service vehicles (PSVs).
???PSVs, both Transport Board and others, will be inconvenienced. As a result, minibuses that normally ply for hire on Probyn Street will be relocated to the area of the old Fairchild Street Market. They can ply at the rear of the market and the road that will take them to the market; not on Fairchild Street itself.
???The taxis which ply for hire on Independence Square will be relocated to Bay Street in the area of Bethel Church facing the direction of upper Bay Street. Transport Board buses going to the terminal at Fairchild Street will have to use River Road,??? he said.
There will be other road closures for the show. Charles Duncan O???Neal Bridge,??Trafalgar Street and Upper Wharf Road will be closed to all vehicular traffic from 4:00 to 10:00 p.m.
Traffic diversions will also be in place from 4:00 to 10:00 p.m. Motorists travelling from Upper Bay Street into The City will be diverted on to Jemmotts Lane and Wellington Street. However, owners and staff of businesses in Cavans Lane will be allowed to go that destination.
Additionally, Lower Bay Street from its junction with Probyn Street (Bethel Church) to its junction with Fairchild Street (Massy Store), which is normally a one-way, will be two-way.
Motorists travelling from Constitution Road/St. Michael Row to The City will be diverted towards Roebuck Street at the Church Street, Spry Street and Marhill Street junctions.