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Roads Closed Around Bridgetown 28th Feb 2014

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Roads Closed Around Bridgetown 28th Feb 2014

I'm sorry to only post this now.. however.. if you are in Barbados or happen to be arriving via cruise ship tomorrow 28th February, I would highly recommend NOT going any where near Bridgetown, unless you are walking, or want to be stuck in traffic for ours.

the Barbados Parliament celebrates 375 years tomorrow. as well as The Barbados Agrofest (Agricultural Festival/Expo) at Queens Park, which will cause even more traffic.. AND there are 4 Cruise Ships in port tomorrow.. Should be a fun day!!!

Here is the official statement from the Government Information Service..

Motorists advised to park and ride

Lawmen are advising motorists to park and ride as they prepare to deal with one of their busiest and most challenging days.

In excess of 11,000 people are expected converge on The City tomorrow for six major events, 10,000 of them would be cruise ship visitors, while many others would be participating in Agrofest and official events celebrating the 375th Anniversary Of The Barbados Parliament.

Station Sergeant Rodney Inniss, who is in charge of traffic, said residents need to prepare for traffic diversions, no parking restrictions, road closures, and rerouting of pedestrian traffic.

“We’ve dealt with this type of thing before. What is new is dealing with all of them at the same time and that’s the message we want to send to the public out there. We need your help,” he told Barbados TODAY.

“We do not want you to come into town with your vehicles. We welcome you but we encourage you to do park and ride. Do whatever it takes to avoid the area. Only come if you have to and if you have to please leave the vehicles behind. It’s going to be very, very busy on Friday and we trust that the weather holds up because we know when the rain comes what is going to happen with our traffic.”

Sergeant Inniss said policemen and women would be out in their numbers to ensure the safety of all participants and onlookers.

“We are going to be out in our numbers. We want to reassure the public of the safety of the parade and every other [event] but we’re asking for their assistance to make this a wonderful incident that is incident-free,” he said.

With the events being held on a Friday monthend – one of the most lucrative day for businesses – police have been meeting with storeowners, taxi drivers, and vendors appraising them of the situation.

“We’ve done a door to door. We did that since last week and it continued all during this week where we’ve attempted to speak with every storeowner, every vendor, every taxi owner who will be affected by this operation on tomorrow, and not only speak to them to advise them but to encourage support for what we’re trying to do,” the lawman added.

The to celebrate Parliament’s anniversary will begin in the courtyard of the Parliament Buildings at 5 p.m., and as a result Government announced a number of road closures in and around The City tomorrow.

These include: Trafalgar Street, Broad Street (from Prince William Henry Street to High Street), High Street and Wharf Road. In addition, no north bound traffic will be allowed on the Charles Duncan O’Neal Bridge.

These road closures will occur between 9:30 a.m. and 12 noon to facilitate the parade organised by the Royal Commonwealth Society and again from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. to facilitate the reception.

Entry to roads adjacent to the routes travelled by The Earl and Countess of Wessex and The Governor General will be temporarily restricted.

Traffic from Lower Broad Street will be diverted onto Prince William Henry Street; while motorists travelling to The City from Bay Street will be diverted onto Jemmotts Lane, and vehicular traffic from St Michael’s Row will be diverted south bound onto the Charles Duncan O’Neal Bridge.

No parking will be allowed on the following roads: Belmont Road, Constitution Road, Martindales Road, St Michael’s Row, Bridge Street, Fairchild Street, Trafalgar Street, Magazine Lane, Palmetto Square, Palmetto Street, Marhill Street and Rickett Street.

Where necessary, vehicular traffic will be diverted. Traffic signals around The City will be in flashing mode.

Police officers and traffic wardens will be posted at strategic areas and intersections to enforce road closures and restrictions. (CW/BGIS)

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1. Re: Roads Closed Around Bridgetown 28th Feb 2014

Well yes Sunnie , wouldn't it just be this evening that is the Barbados Thoroughbred Breeder's Assc Awards Cocktail Party at Island Inn on the South Coast. I better set off walking now.!! I'm allowing 1 hour for the taxi to get there, hope that will be enough going the "Scenic " route LOL

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2. Re: Roads Closed Around Bridgetown 28th Feb 2014

If I had your trip to Island Inn I'd come all the way down the highway and go down Rendezvous and go at Island Inn from that direction as opposed to trying to get into the area from any further up the highway. As the road doesn't divert until Jemmots Lane I'd imagine you wouldn't experience too much congestion by going this way.

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3. Re: Roads Closed Around Bridgetown 28th Feb 2014

Oh gosh.. well the good thing.. if you can call it that.. is that the schools are out at 12:30.. so the normal 2:30pm - 6:00pm evening traffic might not be sooo bad.. the only thing I might suggest is actually going via the Highway and down around by the Garrison rather the trying to go via Bridgetown (which will not be open..).

Good Luck and have fun. I was actually going to try to go take photos of the parade.. but.. NOT any more..too much confusion. I have a friend who owns a Catamaran.. some of the 10,000 guests onboard cruises in port are on her Cat today.. the only way to get them to the Careenage.. is to walk.. so.. there you go..

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4. Re: Roads Closed Around Bridgetown 28th Feb 2014

Thanks Sunnie and In Barbados . My taxi Driver has already worked out a route and he is usually pretty good at avoiding problems ----------------famous last words.

It's jolly nice to celebrate these things but think of the waste of business if these 10,000 visitors don't feel like walking from the Port ! Now that, is not a good situation..

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5. Re: Roads Closed Around Bridgetown 28th Feb 2014

Are you using your usual driver Westie? I'm sure he knows how to get around all of this. Will Prince Edward being viewing the Commonwealth parade as well as attend the Parliamentary celebrations?

It's too bad so much is happening on the same day. It makes it hard to experience any of it.

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6. Re: Roads Closed Around Bridgetown 28th Feb 2014

Edward and Sophie didn't attend the parade. only the reception..

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7. Re: Roads Closed Around Bridgetown 28th Feb 2014

I guess going to Oistins from Holetown is a bad idea then.

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8. Re: Roads Closed Around Bridgetown 28th Feb 2014

Henry C.. you don't have to go through Bridgetown to get to Oistins.. you can go through the country or on the highway.. now worries there.. (hope you get this in time.. or someone else has advised you..).. let me just add.. if you are going by Car or by Taxi.. no worries.. wouldn't even consider going by bus from Holetown to Oistins..(just me..)

Edited: 28 February 2014, 20:54
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9. Re: Roads Closed Around Bridgetown 28th Feb 2014

I have done the bus from Speightstown to Oistins, it's not bad but takes about 50 minutes or so and avoids Bridgetown.

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10. Re: Roads Closed Around Bridgetown 28th Feb 2014

I was there and it all seemed to run smooth met Prince Edward when he come and talked to the Sailors and all the parades were great