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$20M price tag for planned roadworks, SFC told

$20M price tag for planned roadworks, SFC told

Some $20 million are expected to be directed towards planned road works across the territory.
However, no timeline has been given for the completion of these projects.

This is according to Acting Permanent Secretary (PS) in the Ministry of Communications and Works, Jovita Scatliffe, who told the Standing Finance Committee (SFC) that the Ministry is fully cognisant of the deplorable state of the territory’s road infrastructure.

The SFC is a body chaired by the House of Assembly (HOA) Speaker to examine the budget document head by head. Accounting Officers are invited to explain and rationalise their budget submissions and answer any questions HOA members may have.

Some of the areas identified for development include the Joe’s Hill Road and drainage; Fort Hill Road and drainage; Fat Hogs Bay to Paraquita Bay road rehabilitation; Parham Town to Long Swamp road rehabilitation; Anegada, Jost Van Dyke road extension; and Virgin Gorda road rehabilitation, among others.

Scatliffe said the Ministry continues to add several projects at various stages of planning, procurement and implementation to remedy the conditions of the infrastructure that affect the daily lives of businesses and visitors alike.

The PS further stated that due to the rainy season, roads continue to be a problem because of poor drainage and substandard road construction to which numerous complaints have been lodged.

Optimistically, Scatliffe explained that the Ministry believes that once the new asphalt plant is commissioned early this year, it would instantly help reduce the cost of rehabilitating the roads and eventually lead to an enhanced road network territory-wide.

In the meantime, the Ministry is also seeking to complete a third lane along Waterfront Drive, which would extend from McNamara junction to the Road Town ferry terminal. Plans are reportedly underway to tender this project for completion in 2023.

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