The Island Main Road Rehabilitation Project formally moved into its second phase Wednesday when seven contracts were signed by six local contractors who will work on the Dieppe Bay to Wellington Road via Sandy Point section of the road at a ceremony held outside the St. Paul’s Sporting Complex.
“Good things come to those who wait, and having waited so long the Team Unity Government is now giving you the best road infrastructure in our region,” said Prime Minister Dr. the Hon Timothy Harris, who commended Mr. Cromwell Williams, Director of Public Works, for presiding over the largest public sector investment in the country in over 30 years.
According to Prime Minister Harris, who is also the Federal Minister of Finance, the management and coordination of the Island Main Road Rehabilitation Project is by local people and he commended the engineering, professional, and administrative staff at the Public Works Department.
“I want to thank Mr. George Gilbert (Chief Engineer),” said the prime mMinister. “I want to commend Ms. Lareine Gumbs — our engineer (with responsibilities for roads); we want to thank her for her work, and equally to thank Mr. Livingston Pemberton (engineer with oversight of the quarry, who also supervises projects) and all the others who have been part of the staff, and their director Mr. Cromwell Williams.”
The ceremony, chaired by Mr. Williams, was also addressed by the Minister of Public Infrastructure the Hon. Ian Patches Liburd, and Managing Director of ADeB Consultants Mr. Martell Lee, while Chief Engineer Mr. George Gilbert gave the vote of thanks.
Those in attendance included the Deputy Prime Minister the Hon. Shawn Richards, the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Public Infrastructure Mr. Ron Dublin-Collins, and the District Medical Officer for the communities of Parsons Ground to Newton Ground, Dr. Bernicia Nisbett.
Dr. Harris described the day as a special one, noting that the signing of the contracts for the second phase of the Island Main Road Rehabilitation Project was the continuation of the government’s agenda to create a better, stronger and safer St. Kitts and Nevis.
“In this regard our public investment programme is intended to strengthen the economic and social framework for all the people of St. Kitts and Nevis,” he said.
Engineer with responsibility for roads, Ms. Lareine Gumbs, read out the names of contractors who will work on the second phase, Dieppe Bay to Wellington Road via Sandy Point.
The contracts awarded were:
- Dieppe Bay to Parsons Ground awarded to Anthony Warner of Anthony Construction Services
- Newton Ground awarded to Clement Duncan of Spech Construction
- Sandy Point awarded to Travil Buchanan of Prime Construction
- Lamberts, Godwin Ghaut and New Guinea awarded to Greg Stanley of Real Works Construction
- Godwin Ghaut Restraining awarded to Anthony Morgan of Morgan Construction Services
- Cayon Street through Wellington Road awarded to Travil Buchanan of Prime Construction
- Stone Fort, Old Road, Verchilds, and Middle Island was awarded to Boonies Construction.
Safe and Strong Roads a Top Priority
The Director of the Public Works Department said that the government has made convenience, road integrity and road safety a top priority with the Island-wide Road Rehabilitation Project.
“The rapid increase in the number and larger types of vehicles that we have on our roads today has necessitated the widening of the road,” he said. “After the completion of the survey of the condition of the road, we decided that based on the findings of that survey, there were parts of the island main road that were desperately in need of improvements, drainage especially. Improvements in drainage is also one of the main areas that this project is addressing.”
“In some areas, the actual base, which is under the black surface, what actually bears the weight of the vehicles, that needed replacement in some instances, so we had to replace the actual base of the road,” he added, explaining this base is integral to the road stability “so they can take the heavier trucks that we have today.”
Small Contractors Continue to Shine
Dr. Harris said he is pleased that small contractors in St. Kitts are being given the chance to showcase their capabilities and skills by working on large scale government projects.
“We have come to declare and to show the capacity and capability of our sons, who have developed their expertise, their craft, and their know-how in construction and they can now come forward and be part of a substantial project for themselves, for their families, for their communities and for St. Kitts and Nevis,” the prime minister said. “Your Team Unity Government is demonstrating confidence in you when we ensured that in the most significant capital investment in infrastructure, we set out and carved out a place for our local contractors to shine.”
“Whether it is the island resurfacing project…or it is the built out of the Tabernacle Health Center or it is the work that we are doing in sports development or it is the built out of our printery, all these investments are intended to strengthen the economic climate for St. Kitts and Nevis and to make us stronger and better for the future,” Dr. Harris added.