Government was told on 1 May during the NDP Radio program that the Ridge Road tourist look out point as it stands is a traffic hazard. In bringing the matter to the attention of members of government former Legislator Eileen Parsons announced that the situation of tour buses/safaris parking along the road is very dangerous.
Mrs. Parsons who was the show’s moderator announced: “I would like to honestly plead for on any given cruise ship day you Honourable Vanterpool, (Premier and Minister for Finance) Dr Smith, and (Junior Minister of Tourism) Mr Christian come on the Ridge Road between my house and the church, and see the dangerous situation that is there on any given cruise ship day.”
“From my place to the church, safaris are lined, and the little elbow there needs taking out. The road needs widening. It’s frightening. Sometimes the taxi men are enjoying the view more than the tourists; so they don’t see who is coming to them or who is going. If you all could see it maybe something would be done to alleviate what could be a dangerous situation,” she added.
Minister for Communications and Works, Hon. Mark Vanterpool noted that the situation with the road is known. However he explained that there was no widening because Government is dealing with land issues. “That’s one of the reasons we haven’t really started that Ridge Road as yet, in terms of expanding it; because we are dealing with some land issues there. The road is too narrow, for us to improve the road like we are doing with the other roads, we need to at least get 22 feet wide. We normally want 24 but 22 will do. A number of areas there are very narrow,” the Minister pointed out.
Hon. Vanterpool said that the need to have a better stop point for the tour buses is part of the proposed road expansion initiative: “We are working to try to get some more land and widen the [Ridge] Road so that, when we are ready to pave it, we can get at least a 22-foot road – but preferably especially with the safari buses, a 24-foot wide road. So that’s something we are working on as we go along,” the Minister added.