A section of Route 70 – Queen Mary Highway – will be closed to through traffic beginning at 6 p.m. Friday to allow the V.I. Waste Management Authority to repair a collapsed portion of the LBJ force main sewer line.
Traffic will be rerouted north of the entrance of Queste Verde Condominiums. The immediate portion of the roadway will be closed to all thru traffic. Motorists are asked to avoid the immediate area and use alternate routes during this time.
A portion of the roadway will be blocked to through traffic from the intersection of Route 70 (Queen Mary Highway) and Route 83 (Catherine’s Rest Road) by Beeston Hill to the intersection of Routes 70 (Queen Mary Highway) and 703 (Orange Grove Road) which leads toward Golden Rock or into Christiansted town.
Traffic coming from Christiansted from the Basin Triangle Intersection will be redirected toward the Golden Rock area. There will be no thru traffic allowed coming from the Christiansted/Basin Triangle area and Golden Rock area to the east and north, respectively. Thru traffic will also be prohibited coming from the Beeston Hill, Anna’s Hope, or Catherine’s Rest area to the west and south of the construction site.
Local traffic, including residents of the Queste Verde, Herman Hill, and adjacent residential area and emergency vehicles will be allowed into the construction area.
Motorists are asked to use alternate routes during this time around the construction area to minimize traffic congestion and unnecessary delays.
The VIWMA advises all residents with impacted immune systems to avoid the area of beach surrounding the LBJ Pump Station during this time as the sewage may contain contaminants that will negatively impact their health. Signs will be posted on the beach reminding persons to avoid the Long Reef and adjacent beach areas until the force main is back in service.
Further information can be obtained by calling the Office of Communications Management at either 712-4950 or 712-4951.