The Royal St. Lucia Police Force has made public its plans to manage the traffic for the Festival of Lights event which will be hosted by the Cultural Development Foundation (CDC) at the Dereck Walcott Square in Castries on Wednesday, Dec. 12.
Festival of Lights, which focuses on cultural presentations using the light imagery, is one of the main events used to celebrate National Day in St. Lucia.
Joseph Emmanuel, the officer in charge of the Traffic Department, said in his traffic management plan that “large crowds are expected at the event, and it is further anticipated that vehicular traffic will be heavy due to the closure of various streets during the event”.
Emmanual stated: “Having conducted a site visit at the location, I am of opinion that the activity is possible. I therefore make the following recommendations.”
• Micoud Street at its intersection with Broglie Street will be close to facilitate the procession of lights to the Dereck Walcott Square.
• Micoud Street at its intersection with Paynier Street will be close after the procession has entered the Dereck Walcott Square.
• Laborie Street at its intersection with Brazil Street will be close to vehicular traffic.
TRAFFIC FLOW AND PARKING
• Vehicles travelling west along Micoud Street will continue on their route of travel and turn right onto Broglie Street.
• Vehicles travelling north along Broglie Street will continue on their route of travel and will not be permitted to turn left onto Micoud Street.
• Vehicles travelling south along Paynier Street must turn left onto St. Louis Street once the procession is in motion.
• Vehicles travelling along Paynier Street will continue on their route of travel and will not be permitted permitted to turn right onto Micoud Street once the procession is at the Dereck Walcott Square.
• There is should be absolutely no parking along Brazil Street.
• VIP parking is made available in front of the east gate of the Dereck Walcott Square on upper Laborie Street.
• VIP parking should be a control measure. There should be a traffic officer to control that access point at all times.
• EMS parking will be made available on upper Laborie Street near the east gate of the Dereck Walcott Square.
No Entry Barriers
– To be placed at the intersection of Micoud and Broglie Street.
– To be placed at the intersection of Laborie and Brazil Street.
– To be placed at the intersection of Paynier and St. Louis Street.
All signs must be placed at least three (3) hours before the activity.