Over 7 Million earned by local contractors on road project

MyVueNews Staff-writer

Basseterre, St. Kitts, 5th October, 2018 (MyVueNews.com) – Road users across St. Kitts have been inconvenienced for the past couple months by the on-going rehabilitation of the island’s main road, but the Ministry responsible for the project is now assuring residents that the resurfacing is almost over.

Minister responsible for Public Works, Ian Liburd has disclosed that about 80% of Phase 1 of the re-surfacing and re-alignment is just about completed.
Minister Liburd stated at a press conference on Thursday, 4th October, 2018, that Phase 1 is expected to wrap up later this month.

He also called on motorists to exercise caution when travelling in areas where the men are at work.

There have been reports of vehicles speeding, which pose a threat to the safety of the construction workers and other drivers.
All motorists were strongly encouraged to abide by the various traffic signs and instructions.

Minister Liburd, used the occasion of the press conference, hosted by the country’s prime minister, to update the public on the project that began in June 2018.
Resurfacing and realignment activities under Phase 1 cover the areas between Camps and Challengers, and Keys and Conaree. Drain and sidewalk construction is also being undertaken.

“All told, that amounts to about $7 million being earned by local contractors,” said Minister Liburd, noting that about 120 workers are engaged in the various components of the rehabilitation work.

The project has suffered some delays due to the recent weeks of inclement weather as well as an issue with the quarry supply needed for the concrete. The issue at the quarry has since been resolved for the most part. The repositioning of underground utility lines also presented some challenges as they were being moved to sections where they can easily be accessed.

“I must also thank all of the persons who use the road for their high tolerance,” Minister Liburd added, citing the dust that is created at certain points. “We want to thank everybody for their patience [and] I can assure you that at the end you will be proud that we have one of the best road networks in the entire Caribbean.”

Phase 2 will cover Keys to Bloody Point and is expected to begin shortly after the current work is completed. An open tendering process will invite bids from contractors to execute the project. October 2019 is the target deadline for the entire road rehabilitation project.

A section of the newly paved road and drain