The cost to repair an area of the road between Slaney and Duffs Bottom on Tortola has been estimated at three million United States dollars.
Acting Deputy Secretary in the Ministry of Transportation Haley Trott gave that indication during the recently-held Standing Finance Committee process while responding to questions from Representative of the Third District where Slaney Hill and Duffs Bottom are located, Julian Fraser.
Trott said the project is estimated to cost as much as it does because the works to fix the road will include drainage and sea defence development.
She further said no start date has been established for the project but indicated that “the potholes on the road can be fixed”.
As for where the funding will come from to undertake the $3 million project, the Deputy Secretary said the monies have been allocated under the Caribbean Development Bank’s (CDB) $65 million rehabilitation loan to the BVI.
In the meantime, Premier and Minister of Finance Andrew Fahie has said: “There was such a rush to receive the CDB loan funding that hardly any of its projects were properly costed and all of which are going to require additional funding”.
The Premier further said that government is “now in negotiations with the CDB to have the projects properly cost. He noted that there is a similar situation with the RDA projects”.
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