A major road project in Prospect has caused a lot of drivers to fall behind schedule this week, but if it’s any consolation the project itself is now ahead of schedule. We’re talking about the Red Bay roundabout and it will be completely closed again tonight for an ongoing expansion.
The Red Bay roundabout has been causing traffic delays all week.
“At this point we are just over 10 days ahead of schedule with the Red Bay roundabout,” said Chief Engineer of the National Roads Authority, Edison Jackson. Which is 10 fewer days of bad traffic progress that can be chalked up to not starting the project until school was out of session.
“It would really exacerbate the issue of motorists being late for work, especially those who have children to drop off in the school district, it really just adds another layer of frustration,” said Edison Jackson.
Wednesday’s frustration was minimized on Thursday after making some adjustments.
“More particularly because traffic was traveling on sort of a loose surface,” said Edison Jackson.
The N-R-A has fixed the loose surface by putting spray and chips on the road until it gets paved.
The gradient of the roundabout will be changing and so will its size.
“The works that we are doing on the Red Bay roundabout primarily is increasing its capacity from two lanes to three lanes, which will facilitate a future widening of the east-west arterial to 6 lanes, 3 lanes into and out-of-town.” Said Edison Jackson.
That project is expected to take place in the next 3-5 years. Again, the Red Bay roundabout will be closed tonight from 7pm until seven o’clock tomorrow morning, with traffic being diverted to Shamrock Road or Prospect Point Road to allow crews to continue working on the roundabout expansion, which should be done by the middle of next week.