By MyVueNews Staff-writer
Basseterre, St. Kitts, 12th February, 2018 (MyVueNews.com) – All indications are ‘green’ for the switching on of the first ever signal lights in the federation of St. Kitts and Nevis on Monday, 12th February.
In a ceremony to be held at the Bakers Corner round-a-bout at 5 pm, Government ministers and officials will be among persons attending the historic event, in what is said to be the first phase in a project to install signal lights (traffic lights) in downtown Basseterre.
The first phase signal lights have been installed at the junctions of the Bay Road and Fort Street, Cayon Street and Fort Street, as well as the Pond Road-Cayon Street-Wellington Road junction. These sites were selected following a traffic flow survey done early 2017.
Originally, attempts were made to have the lights fully operational before Christmas and Carnival, however, equipment delays and scheduling issues forced a postponement.
In January, several of the traffic laws were amended in parliament, as part of the preparation for the switching on of the lights.
Here are some of the changes that take full effect when the lights are switched on:
RIGHT TURN RESTRICTIONS
With the introduction of Traffic lights at these intersections, it has become necessary to restrict right turns into the following streets, to facilitate the smooth flow of traffic:
i.Victoria Road from Cayon Street.
iii.West Independence Square St. from Cayon St.
iv.Wellington Road from Pond Road.
v.Cayon Street from New Street.
vi.Stainforth St. from Pond Road.
vii.Bay Road from West Square St.
viii.Burt Street from Cayon St.
ix.Hart Street from Cayon Street.
Parking has also been restricted along portions of the streets leading to these signalized junctions. Yellow markings have been placed in these areas to indicate the restricted parking portions. Vehicles parked in these restricted areas are likely to impede the smooth flow of traffic and will therefore be subject to parking fines or to be towed away at the owners’ expense.
Pedestrian crossings and walk signals have been installed at the above-mentioned junctions. Pedestrians are required to cross the road in the vicinity of the Traffic Lights, only on these pedestrian crossings, and only when given the signal to cross. Failure by a pedestrian to cross on the cross walk or only when signaled to cross, can result in bodily injury from passing vehicles or prosecution, with fines up to $500.00.
A third lane has been installed on the Bay Road at the junction with Fort Street. This additional lane will be used as a turning lane for traffic turning into Fort Street from east along the Bay Road. Motorists turning right will be expected to enter the lane at the designated entrance and wait behind the stop line until the light indicates green to turn or it is clear to proceed.