Residents of the British Virgin Islands can expect quicker road repairs now that the Andrew Fahie-led government has acquired a new asphalt production plant.
Minister of Transportation & Works Kye Rymer made the announcement in the House of Assembly late last month and said there are benefits to the acquisition.
He stated: “Rebuilding the territory’s road network is of utmost to this government, and as such, a brand new environmentally friendly asphalt plant was purchased.”
Though not providing details such as the cost of the purchase, Rymer said technicians will provide coaching for the Public Works Department team, “whose job it is to operate the plant”.
No asphalt plant since the hurricanes
The government-owned asphalt plant, which is located in Fish Bay, had sustained considerable damage from the 2017 hurricanes and was no longer functional since.
But back in August last year, Rymer told BVI News that plans were underway to purchase a new plant.
At the time, Rymer had told BVI News he could not disclose the cost of the purchase because negotiations were still ongoing.
The minister did not give any indication why he neglected to announce the price of the plant when he announced the conclusion of the purchase last month.
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