The 3.9 kilometres of roads, drains, and sea defence structures that St Lucia firm FDL Consultants have been contracted to design and engineer in the BVI are expected to last the next 25 to 30 years.
That is according to Director of Projects in the Projects Unit of the Ministry of Finance, Dr Drexel Glasgow.
He made the statement at the signing of an $876,250 contract between government and FDL Consultants on Thursday, February 21.
FDL now has 24 months to not only provide engineering and design services but also to provide construction supervision services for the territory’s restoration of roads, slopes, and coastal defences.
“Work will be carried out for the Blackburn Highway to the Ridge Road, Sir Francis Drakes Highway to Carrot Bay, Cane Garden Bay, Ballast Bay, Great Mountain, Lower Hope, Little Dix Bay, Long Trench, and Fish Bay,” Works Minister Mark Vanterpool said at the contract signing.
He noted that these areas are only a fraction of the overall roadworks that will be done in the next few years.
Premier Dr D Orlando Smith, one of the signators representing government, said the road designs to be implemented “will be adopted and incorporated as standards for future designs”.
Dr Smith said he was particularly pleased that works towards better, more permanent roads can now begin considering that “the public has exercised extreme patience with having to traverse on deteriorated and, in some cases, dangerous infrastructure”.
The soon-to-begin project is being done through the Recovery and Development Agency with funds ($65 million) that were borrowed from the Caribbean Development Bank after Hurricane Irma back in 2017.
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