Robert O’Connor, owner of the Texaco gas station in Cruz Bay, said there’s going to be a "mess" while the VI government builds a roundabout to move traffic through the intersection where his Texaco station has been for decades.
At a public information meeting last Thursday, the St. John Source reported officials said a contractor for the job may be selected this fall. The roadwork is expected to begin next February. It will last two years. How about that, sports fans?
Now get this … the reason for doing the job has changed. More than a year ago, Public Works said it wanted the roundabout to alleviate traffic problems which would be caused by the opening of the Enighed Commercial Port. Trucks using the barges would have a difficult time using the road past the Fire Department or Centerline or South Shore road.
Not so, now, says the government. Wystan Benjamin, the federal-aid program manager at Public Works, said traffic from the Port is not causing major problems. It’s just that the four/five way intersection is a bad one, he said. Surprising comment, eh? Two years of pain to fix something they say isn’t broke.
Here’s something Public Works had better think of now, too. The south shore road up Gifft Hill is a disaster. Potholes galore need to be fixed. If Gifft Hill is not repaired, folks at the Westin, Great Cruz Bay, Chocolate Hole, Rendezvous, Fish Bay and so on are in trouble if they find gridlock getting into town by the south route. Their only option is to go up Gifft Hill … and that’s treacherous, even on dry roads. Hope Public Works has got some money for asphalt!