This site uses cookies. Some are essential while others improve your browsing experience and allow us to advertise. For more info visit the privacy policy page.

Allow inessential cookies for:

Your preferences have been updated.

Results 1 to 9 of 9

Thread: Be ready...so much construction!

  1. #1
    Junior Member
    Join Date
    Mar 2018
    Posts
    20
    Post Thanks / Like

    Be ready...so much construction!

    Nothing ruins paradise...but just know if you are coming back to Aruba in the near future, the amount of road construction going on is significant. It will pay off in the long run so this is just to say plan ahead for any trips you plan to take. Anyone know how long they anticipate construction lasting, especially in the Eagle Beach area? Already starting to think about the next visit and this one isn’t even over yet!
    1 1
     

  2. #2
    Senior Member robin's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2016
    Location
    Eagle Beach, Oceania, north side
    Posts
    1,916
    Post Thanks / Like
    https://batibleki.wheninaruba.com/do...3JhVJD0VYTl1sU

    This explains some of it. One of the other forum members asked taxi drivers and they think it'll be November, but it is Aruba, so you never know. Last winter the traffic light near the Wendy's in Palm Beach was not working the entire 3 months we were there. It was broken before we got there and stayed that way for awhile after we left. I sincerely hope they have it all complete before the high season starts.




    0 0
     

  3. #3
    Senior Member cpjones's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2007
    Location
    Eagle Beach, Glitz Casino, Manchebo Beach Resort
    Posts
    4,874
    Post Thanks / Like
    I spoke with another taxi driver over the weekend.... he too thinks the round abouts will be done toward the end of the year... and there is other extensive reconstruction happening in other parts of the island. This driver also told us that it is a Brazilian company using Brazilian labor for the road construction..... but some Aruba equipment..... he wasn't happy with that situation..... Not sure if it's factual.... but I always say that perception is reality for some folks.
    Last edited by cpjones; 07-11-2019 at 10:21 AM.
    0 0
     

  4. #4
    Aruba since 1979
    Moderator
    Andrea J.'s Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2007
    Posts
    33,950
    Post Thanks / Like
    there is so much construction going on right now, aruba contractor's have to import workers.
    great controversy years ago when the Riu was being constructed and the Ritz was being constructed........with lots of non-aruban workers.

    one of the very important things that aruba needs to consider (seriously) is that the workforce is diminishing...........so many Aruban kids leave the island for education and never return to live full time on aruba. so many leave aruba for other places of opportunity. so many are not interested in tourism and in reality many/most of the jobs are tourism/travel or government related.

    (that that is a topic for off topic thread)

    Quote Originally Posted by cpjones View Post
    I spoke with another taxi driver over the weekend.... he too thinks the round abouts will be done toward the end of the year... and there is other extensive reconstruction happening in other parts of the island. This driver also told us that it is a Brazilian company using Brazilian labor for the road construction..... but some Aruba equipment..... he wasn't happy with that situation..... Not sure if it's factual.... but I always say that perception is reality for some folks.

  5. #5
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Mar 2018
    Posts
    309
    Post Thanks / Like
    I think it’s great to notify fellow forum members about it so they have the heads up. Being mentally prepared is the biggest battle. Even though we all hate traffic, going in with the mindset that it’s something you’ll have to deal with takes away the stress. I can see how a person on their first trip could be put off by it but for those of us who will make future visits, it’s easier to see the big picture and realize that it’s for the better. I think the worst part is leaving the airport and taking longer than you’d like to get to your accommodation. Such a tease lol.


    0 4
     

  6. #6
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Jul 2010
    Location
    Arashi Beach, Hyatt, Radisson, Shopping, Flea Market, Downtown, Palm Beach, Everything
    Posts
    2,550
    Post Thanks / Like
    I agree 100% with what Bri says. And I for one am glad about the updates because for those of us who rent a car and stay long, it gives us a chance to find alternate routes, which we have done in the past. we have a back way from the airport to our townhouse. unfortunately going back to the airport that way is not good. we found its actually quicker going to the airport through downtown but going the backway from the airport to our townhouse, go figure.

    but now we will find alternates around for places like eagle beach, superfoods, etc. so keep those postings about the construction progress coming in. thanks..

  7. #7
    Senior Member Aruba4ever's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2009
    Posts
    4,185
    Post Thanks / Like
    Our cab driver yesterday said the road from the Airport to the High rise area was suppose to be done next month but now it looks like November or December. They still need to take out the light near the Wendys and that will create a lot of headaches for sure. When its all done it should make travel easier for all. He also said the road issues have actually improved when compared to about a month a go when he said it was just a disaster.

  8. #8
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Sep 2016
    Posts
    119
    Post Thanks / Like
    Quote Originally Posted by Andrea J. View Post
    there is so much construction going on right now, aruba contractor's have to import workers.
    great controversy years ago when the Riu was being constructed and the Ritz was being constructed........with lots of non-aruban workers.
    For some more context, this is nothing new. Aruba has always imported workers throughout its history. In the tourism industry, but also way back for the lago refinery. Its why we have an English speaking, West Indian population. Its one of the main reasons why Aruba is so diverse.

    As for the road closures, its been going on for years now. Locals are soooo over it. Tourists only see a very small percentage of all the headaches we've suffered because of all these infrastructure works. However, everyone also knows its much needed future(and present) proofing and in reality should've happened a long time ago.
    0 3
     

  9. #9
    Senior Member robin's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2016
    Location
    Eagle Beach, Oceania, north side
    Posts
    1,916
    Post Thanks / Like
    If you go to the DOW Aruba page on FB you can see their posts about the ongoing construction. It's not in English, but there are pictures/maps.




    0 1
     

Tags for this Thread

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •