Govt moving to fix traffic light system
Public Works Minister Neko Grant yesterday expressed frustration at the frequency the New Providence traffic signal lights malfunction.
“We are not at all pleased with what is happening but we appreciate that the signals are very, very old and we envision that we will have to go through a phased replacement program because they are not very cheap,”Grant toldThe Nassau Guardianyesterday.”They are very expensive items. We will repair what we can based on the availability of funds and replace what we can based on the availability of funds.”
Over the past few months signal lights at intersections across the island have not worked. Some motorists have described traveling on the streets of New Providence as a”nightmare.”
Just yesterdayThe Guardianinformed the minister of the malfunctioning light at the intersection of Nassau Street/Boyd Road/Meadow Street and another near the Sports Center on Thompson Boulevard.
Grant said the government is in the process of selecting a contractor to assist with repairs to the system.
“I believe that we got most of them repaired now. But more importantly we requested proposals for the maintenance and replacement of traffic signals throughout the island of New Providence. We have received proposals and they are now being evaluated and I suspect that within the next three or four weeks we will be able to reward a substantive contract for the traffic signal lights on the island of New Providence,”he said.
Grant said that in the past his ministry has been working on a month-to-month basis with two contractors who were responsible for the maintenance of the lights.
Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham recently voiced his dissatisfaction with the traffic light system in New Providence.