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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