Thursday 1 October, 2020

RSLPF addresses traffic congestion along John Compton Highway

The Royal Saint Lucia Police (RSLPF) has taken steps in addressing traffic congestion at rush hour periods along the John Compton Highway.

  • L'anse Road, Castries will be utilized as a one way, causing vehicles to travel in a southern direction from John Compton Highway.
  • The John Compton Highway will be temporarily converted into two lanes for vehicles traveling towards Castries.
  • Vehicles traveling towards Gros Islet will use only the left lane.
  • Vehicles traveling from the north going to L'Anse Road will use the left lane.
  • Vehicles traveling from the north going straight into Castries will use the center lane.

“The change is in an effort to manage the traffic, especially with what happens when persons come on a morning to drop off their children to school, you find there is usually a backlog of traffic as a result,” Acting Sargent at the Traffic Department, Jonathan St Juste explained to Loop News.

The decision was made following a meeting with stakeholders including the principal of the Camille Henry Memorial School, officials from the Ministry of Education and the Traffic Department.

“We tested it this morning, we intend to continue with it after which a report will be supplied to the Ministry and hopefully some permanent implementation will be done to alleviate that congestion on morning and afternoon as well,” the traffic officer said.

Acting Sargent at the Traffic Department, Jonathan St Juste

“Traffic can exit L'anse Road but only exit when you coming from WASCO or the gas station and you can only exit left. So if you heading up north, you exit left on the left lane, turn around by the Vigie Playing Field and head back up north. If you continuing going north, you will not be allowed to make a right turn, you will have to go up to the Vigie Roundabout, turn and come back down and make a left turn into L'anse Road which is what we were doing this morning.”

The new initiative Sergeant St Juste says was welcomed and appreciated by motorists and pedestrians.

Motorists are advised that cones and barriers will be used to assist in traffic directions.

Officers will also be posted along the route to monitor and assist with traffic control.

These diversions will commence from 7am and end at about 9am.

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