Bermuda Electric Light Company Limited (BELCO) today advised that BELCO crews will be continuing work on North Shore Road, Devonshire between Friday, August 19, and Friday, September 9. Additionally, work will continue on Middle Road, Southampton between Saturday, August 20, and Sunday, August 28. Both will involve temporary road closures.
Devonshire Temporary Road Closure:
The work involves an ongoing trenching project that will require the closure of North Shore Road between Loyal Hill playground entrance and Loyal Hill Road, Devonshire.
The work will take place between 7:00 am and 6:00 pm and a section of North Shore Road will be closed to all traffic. Motorists approaching the area from the west will be detoured at the roundabout heading south up Barker’s Hill to Middle Road and motorists approaching from the east will be detoured via Store Hill to Middle Road. Residents in the affected area will be granted access from each side of the road closure but no through traffic will be permitted on North Shore Road where the trenching is taking place.
Southampton Temporary Road Closure:
The work involves connecting a trench on the eastbound lane of Middle Road by the bus layby across to Lighthouse Road and Princess Road. Lighthouse Road will be closed at the junction to all traffic while Princess Road and Middle Road will have a one lane closure.
The work will take place between 7:00 am and 7:00 pm and traffic controls will be in place. Motorists are encouraged to take alternative routes via South Road and St. Anne’s Road to access Lighthouse Road.
As part of the transmission upgrade project, BELCO is replacing 40% of its current underground transmission cables that are over 50 years old. Nearly 25% of our cables have served Bermuda for over 60 years. These cables and other transmission and distribution assets are well beyond their useful lifespans, causing a higher number of faults, system vulnerability and higher maintenance costs.
The public is encouraged to check the trenching updates and information including advisories for road users on BELCO’s website at belco.bm
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 support the addition of renewables as we transition to a sustainable energy future and work to meet our goal of achieving Net Zero by 2050.”