Dr. Martin was supported by senior officials in his ministry, including Director of Public Works, Mr. Calvin Pemberton, two engineers from the Public Works Department and representatives and engineers from an engineering firm, ADeB Consulting.
According to the information released by the Federal Cabinet of St. Kitts and Nevis, Minister used the occasion of the presentation to inform Cabinet members about the physical state of the roads in St. Kitts and discuss the ongoing activities within his ministry to improve and maintain public roads.
The presentation to the Cabinet highlighted four components of the road improvement namely:
- Resurfacing of the road from the Bay Road in the vicinity of Port Zante, along Sandown, along the Frigate Bay Road to the third round-about at Frigate Bay.
- Resurfacing of the road from the third round-about at Frigate Bay, along the Kennedy Siimmonds Highway at the South-East Peninsula to the Sea Bridge at Majors Bay, and to Cockleshell Beach
- The Construction of a major round-about at the intersection of the Kim Collins Highway, the Frigate Bay Road and the Bird Rock Road.
- The construction of a 150 meter drive-through tunnel at Timothy Hill to address the issue of the falling of rocks from the hillside on that part of the road particularly as a result of erosion due to heavy rainfall over time.
The engineers present agreed that there was noteworthy degradation on these areas of road network, and given the usage of this road over the years, it was crucial from a financial and a safety perspective to make key enhancements to the identified road segments.
Government has revealed that though there is need for only surface work along specific points of the Kennedy Simmonds Highway, work would have to be done to the sub-stratum in other areas, given the damage done to it due to the seepage of rain water over the years.”