I attended a Stakeholders Meeting at the Alhambra Ballroom where DOW, the department of Public Works, presented its upcoming project of the portion of the road from Ling & Sons Super Center to the Riu Antillas.
The project is expensive and fancy and never mind the polemic whether we need it fancy or modest, we will grow into it, and it will certainly alleviate the traffic bottle-neck in town.
Basically, the WATTY VOS BOULEVARD, I show it in my archive as an Awg 440 million investment, also included some work at Ernestro Petronia, L.G. Smith and Juancho Irasquin boulevards, with EIGHTEEN main intersections, or rotondas, executed in sections, sometimes all at the same time.
Hopefully, traffic in the future will flow from the airport to the Lind & Sons junction, and then on to Noord and the hotels, with an emphasis on flow……….
Between now and August, that road portion between Lind & Sons and Divi Phoenix will be na werki. Then the heavy lifting will be done, and landscaping begun.
The presentation at the Alhambra Ballroom was again somber, and no frill. We watched some slides, we asked some questions.
The work will include road rehabilitation, a parking lot next to Costa Linda, what they call a Picnic Area, sidewalks, bicycle paths and landscaping.
Project Manager Joao Paulo Soares, and Joao Campos Forte, both with MOTA – Engil Aruba, Marlon Croes and an ARUBUS spokesperson, all promised they will do their best to inconvenience us the least.
There will be alternative routes, no one will be cut off.
They will be cancelling the cactus, sea grape and aloe median in the scenic road along the hotels, the two traffic lanes will be adjacent to each other, and the portion of the southbound lane will be return to the beach.
Here are some videos from old day, describing the project. Very interesting: