Traffic Controls In Place On Middle Road

February 20, 2022

[Updated] Traffic controls are currently in place on Middle Road Southampton, near Heron Bay Primary School, as BELCO is undertaking repairs after they “experienced a fault to an underground transmission line late last night.”

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Shelly Leman, Managing Director, Transmission Distribution and Retail, said, “BELCO are advising motorists to travel with caution along Middle Road Southampton, near Heron Bay Primary School as traffic controls are currently in place.

“BELCO experienced a fault to an underground transmission line late last night. BELCO crews began fault-finding activities in earnest today in order to repair the fault as quickly and as efficiently as possible.

“As the fault is associated with underground cables, excavators are required to access them so that repairs can be made. Traffic controls will remain in place until all repair works are completed, and the cable is returned to service.

“Motorists are asked to avoid this section on Middle Road, Southampton and to use alternative routes for the duration of this trench work.

“The transmission cables serve as the backbone of the grid and BELCO is continuing to work to replace them, this represents a critical step in moving Bermuda towards a sustainable energy future. We know that works that impact traffic flow are inconvenient, and we thank our valued customers for their patience and understanding.”

Update 8.58pm: A Government spokesperson said, “The Ministry of Public Works wishes to inform the public that there is a disruption to the flow of traffic immediately adjacent to the Heron Bay Primary School on Middle Road in Southampton.

“A Ministry spokesperson confirmed that as of 4 pm on Sunday 20 February, emergency trench work began to repair a fault in the underground BELCO lines.

“Construction crews will work through the night into Monday 21 February and it is expected to be completed by Monday night.┬áParents who are planning to drop off and collect their children will still be able to do so but should allow for additional time during peak traffic hours.”

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  1. Richard Powell says:

    Come on BELCO.
    All this trenching going on all over the island and yet this transmission line has had many faults over the last two years. Why is there no trenching to REPLACE the cable?
    The People who live in the West end deserve better. BELCO get your act together.