Palmetto Road to Store Hill Trench Commencement Advisory

May 24, 2022


Bermuda Electric Light Company Limited (BELCO) today advised that the Palmetto Road (Devonshire) to Store Hill (Smiths) trench will commence on Palmetto Road on Monday, May 30th. It is expected that the trench will reach its conclusion at Store Hill by the end of October 2022.

The Palmetto Road to Barker’s Hill Roundabout portion of this trenching project will cover approximately 300 feet and it will require a single lane of traffic with traffic controls in place. Road users should prepare for slight delays if using Palmetto Road between the Barker’s Hill Roundabout and Old Military Road. Alternatively, road users can use North Shore and/or Middle Road as an alternate route to avoid that section of Palmetto Road while trenching is progressing.

Once the trench reaches Barker’s Hill Roundabout, it is planned for the roundabout to remain half open with the north entrance to Barker’s Hill potentially being closed. Traffic coming into town will be directed to continue along North Shore and switch to Palmetto Road via Dock Hill or Black Watch Pass. While traffic headed East will be able to enter Barker’s Hill Roundabout via Palmetto Road and North Shore Road. Road users can avoid the area and associated delays by using Middle Road and Parson’s Road with transitioning between the alternate routes and North Shore via Dock Hill, Black Watch Pass, Store Hill and so on.

After the trench progresses past the Barker’s Hill Roundabout, it will head east towards Store Hill. During this portion of the trenching project, single lane traffic will be implemented at the site of the trench with traffic controls in place. Motorists are encouraged to plan ahead and prepare for delays If they wish to travel along North Shore Road. At this time, road users can use Middle Road and transition back to North Shore via Barker’s Hill if desired.

The plan for the traffic controls once the trench reaches Barker’s Hill Roundabout is dependent on Government approvals and subject to change. 

The public is encouraged to check the trenching updates and information including advisories for road users on BELCO’s website at

BELCO President Wayne Caines said: “We are acutely aware that our ongoing infrastructure upgrades are causing inconvenience and frustration for the public. We would ask for your patience and understanding as these critical trenching projects will ensure a more robust transmission network that will enable the addition of renewables as we transition to a sustainable energy future and work to meet our goal of achieving Net Zero by 2050.”

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