Virgin Gorda residents will have to wait until April before the lingering issue of water pooling on the Lee Road is addressed.
The water has been causing exceptional discomfort to residents living on the sister island since the August floods last year.
Ali O’Neal who lives in the area told BVI News that he has had to use wooden pallets to cross the pool of water that has flowed from the Lee Road and settled in his yard.
He said the stagnant water is now a breeding ground for mosquitos.
While speaking at a recent public meeting on the islands, outspoken Virgin Gorda resident Shereen Flax-Charles called on the government to intervene.
In response, Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Communication and Works Anthony McMaster said he now has the final designs for a development project to fix the issue.
He said government will be opening up bids for contractors wanting to take on the project.
McMaster further said the process will be done in consultation with property owners since sections of the area to be worked on might encroach on their property.
“What I can share with you is that the discussions so far with the property owners have been very positive so I do not foresee why we should not get that April deadline hit,” he said.
Residents said the water problem on the road is as a result of drainage issues; particularly after a nearby pond was dumped with soil.
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