Residents can expect to see permanent fixes to roads that have been undermined on Tortola, Jost Van Dyke, and Virgin Gorda as early as this year.
Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Works Jeremy Hodge told BVI News on Wednesday that the designs for those said works have already started.
He said the project will be funded from a $25 million sum that has been earmarked for overall improvements to road infrastructure in the territory. The source of those funds is from a rehabilitation loan from the Caribbean Development Bank.
“What we have done is identified all the areas in the territory that are undermining, and we are going to prioritise them because there are only so many we can do in any given year,” Hodge said.
The Great Mountain, Lower Hope and Little Dix Hill roads have been identified as priority thoroughfares on Tortola. The Long Bay to Hog Haven road on Virgin Gorda and a portion of the road on the eastern end of Jost Van Dyke have been tagged as the roads in need of urgent attention on those sister islands.
“Those are the areas that we want some speed on,” Hodge said. “If all goes well, it should start this year, but the completion of those works will roll into next year.”
In the meantime, interim works to the tune of $2.5 million are ongoing on the four main islands, the permanent secretary said.
“What is happening is remedial repairs to make the road friendlier to drive territory-wide. And, while we would love to use all this money used for permanent fixes, it takes time,” he explained.
As part of the road improvements, the second phase of the Lee Road Project on Virgin Gorda, and the Cow Wreck road on Anegada have now been scheduled for
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