The Texaco station is to be closed at the end of June. Robert O’Connor, the owner, doesn’t agree with the decision, according to the St. John Source. He told the newspaper he thinks the Dept. of Public Works is over-estimating how much land it needs to build a traffic roundabout to ease congestion, the reason for shutting the station.
A portion of land where day laborers gather to wait for work, at Boulon Center, will also be absorbed for the project. Albert Willis, owner of the center, told the Source it doesn’t make any sense for him to fight the government about the land taking.
Published reports about the closing did not indicate when construction of the roundabout will begin. Doing the work in the summer makes sense, but it’s likely not to be complete in time for next winter’s tourist season. That means traffic problems probably will get worse before they get better.