Recent improvements made to the Chicken Stone junction for the safety of motorists and pedestrians using the area, by the Ministry of Communications and Works in the Nevis Island Administration (NIA), have been met with approval, according to the Department of Information.
“I would be able to see a lot better in terms of coming out from the junction entering into the main road.In the past it has been a problem; you have to come all the way out in the road to see what’s coming from the opposite direction,” Mr. Everton “Judges” Liburd, a bus driver and owner from Rawlins Village, told the Department Tuesday.
The decision was taken to tackle the issue as the junction posed major challenges for motorists traversing the area and was of grave concern to the traffic authority on the island, said Hon. Spencer Brand, Minister of Communications and Works, who visited the area Tuesday.
“It is well documented that over the years this intersection has created a challenge for motorists, and we have had some fatal accidents here, one as recent as February of this year, and it became of utmost importance that we had to do something about this intersection,” he said.“The ministry would have written to the property owners and sought their permission in order to take some remedial action here. We would have removed sections of the rock and we would have removed a portion of the mechanic shop that was here for many years, in an effort to try and improve the visibility at this intersection.”
Brand expressed gratitude to the Clarke family for allowing the NIA to make the necessary adjustments to their property to allow for the improved visibility at Chicken Stone.
“I want to go on record for what the Clarke family would have allowed us to do here by coming on to their property, removing portions of their property and removing portions of their building,” he said. “I want to say to them that the government and people of Nevis are indeed thankful and grateful for their partnership as we seek to improve the safety for motorists.”
Mr. Denzil Stanley, Principal Assistant Secretary in the Ministry of Communications and Works, who accompanied the minister during the visit, spoke of the actual work done by the Public Works Department to improve the area, with work commencing on the project in July just before the Culturama festivities.
“We took off a section of the rock about 6 to 8 feet of the rock and what we have here now, simple as it is, a much-improved intersection… Part of the work too entailed taking off a piece of the garage shed right next to us. That too had presented a problem in terms of the view of traffic coming from that end,” he said.