Works Minister and National Democratic Party (NDP) candidate Mark Vanterpool has said the road-paving works that are ongoing across the territory is not an election gimmick but rather part of a medium-term plan to improve road infrastructure while designs are developed for stronger, more permanent roads.
Speaking on the latest airing of NDP Radio, Vanterpool said government only recently issued a contract to an ‘international company’ to create the designs for those major roadworks.
“I don’t expect those major roadworks to happen until sometime next year after we have done the designs and so on … But, as minister responsible for the roads, there is no way I would leave the roads as they were. We had to do something about the resurfacing of many of the roads,” Vanterpool said.
“We are ensuring that the motorists can have more comfortable roads to drive on. I am going to defend that to the last because the roads were not comfortable enough. It’s one thing to say we are rushing to do this for election but it’s another thing to listen to the criticisms and the complaints that people have had [in relation to] the need to resurface the roads. I am very pleased that we have begun that process,” he added.
No sense paving roads during rainy season
He explained that the ongoing road resurfacing project was timed to come after the June-to-November rainy season when the territory’s roads are most vulnerable to become eroded.
“We normally have heavy rains and so on in November but [the Department of] Public Works would always be ready to put forward a proposal right after that to at least resurface the roads to the extent that motorists can be comfortable.”
“They did put that proposal to us [and] it took some time. In fact, we were very unhappy it took so long. In the ministry, we had to deal with issues of finance and so on. However, in early January the Cabinet approved funding for us to begin to resurface the roads throughout the territory.”
Vanterpool said road resurfacing are expected to take a few months considering that authorities are working to cover as many areas as possible.
Below is a schedule for asphalt-paving roadworks February 6 to 10
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