As the election seasons heats up, road improvement projects on Anegada are now halfway complete but have reached a standstill because the Ministry of Public Works has run out of funds to continue.
Permanent Secretary in the ministry Anthony McMaster told BVI News on Friday that additional funds have been requested in the next budget so the project can resume.
That budget will be read after the February 25 general elections when the new government begins its term.
Work already done
McMaster, in the meantime, said most of the work done so far is focused on the main road by the Flamingo Lookout.
“There were sections of the bridge [there] that was virtually collapsing and we were able to repair them,” he said, adding that ‘quite a bit of the road’ have also been repaired by the island’s administration complex.
“Some repairs were also done jointly with the private sector to the cargo dock at Setting Point Jetty,” McMaster added.
He said that undertaking included improvements to what he described as the ‘bulkhead section’ which allows a smoother operation for vessel owners and operators.
The permanent secretary said the ministry also managed to begin works on Anegada’s northern road beginning from the agricultural station to Loblolly Bay.
“That whole road will be able to give a smoother ride. [But] we are hoping to continue to pave as much of that road as possible and hopefully with the passage of the budget, we will get some funds so we could continue the work,” McMaster said.
The project lasted roughly three months before funding ran dry.
Last October, McMaster said the ministry had started road repairs more than two years ago from the Setting Point Jetty to an area known as Pinnacle Point.
However, due to ‘budgetary constraints’, those works ended prematurely.
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