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New island main road imminent

Drivers on the island main road in St. Kitts will soon be relieved from pot hole dodging with its imminent resurfacing following a signing ceremony with the contractors.

The contractors involved in phase one of the project have signed on the dotted line with the workers coming from the communities where the work will be done

ADB Consultants will oversee the entire project and according to its Managing Director Martell Lee it’s part of a massive undertaking between them and the government.

“The Minister through the Public Works requested of us to do a condition survey on the road which is 47Km of road and to provide him with reports and recommendations as to how this can be undertaken within 18 months,” Lee said.

He indicated an initial report has been made that will look at road surface conditions, drainage and the alignment of the road. “I am happy to say we have gotten to the point where we were authorised to do segments of the project within this financial year. At this stage, I am happy to say we have also gotten to the stage where we have done eight components,”he said.

The components he explained are of varying value, some large and some smaller that will incorporate local and domestic contractors confined to specific areas.

He also noted that he wants to ensure capacity building among contractors. “Having engaged with more than 20 contractors for tender, we have selected eight and at this stage we have five such projects which are ready for execution and the other three will follow very shortly.”

He disclosed that the work will be starting at the airport round-a-bout and going east and west simultaneously. “The objective is to break the contract up in manageable sizes so it can be done without over extending our task in engaging and consuming too much of the roadway so it becomes a task and a burden to commuters. Once that is done we will develop other contracts to include additional work.”

Minister of Public Infrastructure the Hon. Ian ‘Patches’ Liburd noted that when his party got into office ministers recognized the neglect of public infrastructure by the former administration. “We embarked on a condition survey. That survey helped us to determine the way forward in terms of the cost and state of the roads,” Liburd said.

He noted it was decided to phase the project because of the cost. “When we looked at the entire island main road in it is in the region of $69M and that does not include the Old Road Bay rehabilitation Project.”

He explained that the work will see individuals from the areas receiving employment on the work happening in that area.” It tells you, that this project will have a cascading effect in the economy.” It was also disclosed that the first phase will cost over $6M

The five entities awarded contracts to participate in Phase I of the road project are Allie Construction, Boonies Construction, B&B Ltd., Huggins and Son Construction and O’Loughlin Construction. The five firms awarded contracts to participate in Phase I of the road project are Allie Construction, Boonies Construction, B&B Ltd., Huggins and Son Construction and O’Loughlin Construction.

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