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Public Works Engineer says more road projects to rollout soon on St. Kitts

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by Kevon Browne

St. Kitts and Nevis (WINN): The St. Peter’s Road Rehabilitation Project is underway and is currently the major road project being undertaken by the government of St. Kitts and Nevis.

 

However, more infrastructural works are being done to upgrade some of the roads on St. Kitts.

 

During an interview on the June 19 broadcast of ‘InFocus’, George Gilbert, Engineer in the Department of Public Works, shared some other road projects to be rolled out.

 

“St. Peter’s is a main road project which is taking place. But then we have a number of other road projects, which we intend to roll out shortly. We have Race Course in Newton Ground.

We have White House Gardens. We have Shadwell. We have Palmetto Point. And we have a series of other projects which we intend to roll out. Over something like $20 million worth of projects, we have to roll out between the next few months. We’ll be rolling out these projects.”

 

Boyds View, Trinity; Rawlins in St. Pauls are also included in the projects to be rolled out.

 

Barring any unforeseen circumstances, the projects will commence within the next two weeks for at least four of the projects.

 

“We have the contracts. The contracts are being reviewed for at least four [contractors], and we are ready to sign those four. Those four will be signed between now (June 19) and Monday (June 24). [Then] the contractor will have seven days to mobilise. So after they sign on Monday, [the] contractor has seven days from then to organise himself. And then, he will actually move into the execution of the project after he [puts] the preliminaries in place. For example, he has to make sure he puts insurance in place before he goes into the ground et cetera et cetera.”

 

One major rehabilitation project that has been left unfinished remains the Old Road Rehabilitation Project.

 

The new road along Old Road Bay remains unofficially opened as the road has yet to be commissioned because the project still needs to be completed.

 

The contractors, Rock n Dirt Limited and Surrey Paving and Aggregates are expected to finish the project at no cost to the government before handing it over to Public Works. The initial contract for the project was $31.8 million in 2019.

 

The public continues to wait for the official commissioning of the Old Road Rehabilitation Project.

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