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Gov’t starts laying lines to expand underground electricity

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The Ministry of Communications and Works said it has literally started to lay the groundwork to move more of the territory’s electricity infrastructure underground.

Works Minister, Mark Vanterpool said underground electricity pipelines are being prepared as temporary patches are being done to roads on Tortola.

He said roadwork is currently being done on the eastern end of the island.

“We were doing some major works in the Long Look area close to Fine Foods. Along that area always create a ponding of water that affects the road every time we pave it. So, we have lifted the road a little higher and we are actually concreting that road,” Vanterpool said.

“In addition to that, we are going to do some asphalting temporarily from the Seventh-day Adventist Church down towards Fat Hogs Bay and some more asphalting on the eastern end from the police station going east. We are hoping the asphalt plant will be ready with the asphalt by this weekend … so that we can continue patching throughout the territory, especially in those areas,” he added.

Patch jobs will also be done in Paraquita Bay near the H Lavity Stoutt Community College.

“While we are doing them, as I said, we are adding all along the way the accommodation for the electricity lines to go underground for resiliency purposes … so that in the future, a lot of the lines along the main roads will be underground rather than above ground, so that in the event of a storm we can quickly recover.”

“It will take a couple of years but we are starting to do that.”

Permanent road projects

In the meantime, the minister said plans are in place for permanent roadwork but the roads are being patched now to give the motoring public ‘a smoother ride’.

He said government will open bids in a few weeks to have road projects done.

Successful bidders will be contracted to design and build permanent roads.

“A bid document will be going out for the permanent solution for a road construction from the Long Swamp area by the Police Station all the way down to Paraquita Bay and then on to Brandywine Bay,” Vanterpool said.

The project will be financed with funds government recently borrowed from the Caribbean Development Bank.

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  1. SMH says:

    Please ensure that a highly experienced engineering firm assistance with the construction of roads.

  2. Richgdgy says:

    Why not install Fiber Optic cable at same time,glass is cheap!

    • Jah know says:

      My same thoughts exactly, we need something done about this internet on this island. Our pockets are being raped from these phone companies, let their pockets suffer and pay the price for fibre optics cables and work, and give us reasonable prices while we are being happy with the fibre speeds.

  3. Diplomat says:

    Doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results is insanity. As such lets not repeat the same road design, construction and maintenance failed mistakes/ practices. Let’s engaged experienced teams to design, construct and maintain our roads. It may cost more up front but over time cost will go down and the quality improves.

    On the transition to put electrical distribution lines underground, good initiative. But let’s make sure that proper planning is done to attain effective efficiency and functionality. Particularly, we should construct the most affordable distribution system, ie, radial, loop or radial to minimize electrical disruption/outages.

    Simply radial is fed from one source; cheapest but most disruptive. Loop is feed from several directions. Network is top of the heap. We have the chance to do this right. Let’s do dis ting!

  4. ??? says:

    This is great news and good forward thinking but I won’t be surprised if half of it is accidentally damaged up by that sloppy department who digs up the road to fix the ever constant water line breaks.

  5. Cougar says:

    Since this is a long term effort, why not hire permanent design and construction engineers from overseas? I hate to say it, but the locals suck.

  6. Concerned says:

    Roads have certain design specifications and which equates to certain unit price. The Unit price BVI have used in the pass is about 33 to 40 % what it should be so I am not surprised by the results. Build proper roads to design specs and at the right price. It doesn’t matter where the engineers are from you get what you pay for and if you continue to underspend the results will be the same.

    • New Guyana Example says:

      Hire trustworthy professionals to ensure that we import quality asphalt that meet specifications.

      So, don’t always blame engineers and contractors.

      We must certify the quality of asphalt being used on all the roads, just as concrete mix is often specified and certified for buildings and certain structures.

    • Really? says:

      under spend? Wow!!!

  7. B. Hooper says:

    I’m thrilled to hear of this planning for underground cables as roadbeds are repaired. We can’t just think of the present, but must consider the future in every improvement we make.
    This is a real step forward- thank you!

  8. Curious says:

    Did I misread this or is the proposal to hire contractors to do the roads and then have them submit a design and build to their design. Is this not backward as shouldn’t the design be a standard engineered system that the contractor then bids on and then the best bid is accepted.

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