Replacements for the traffic lights spanning Admin Drive to Pasea Estate, which were destroyed by the 2017 hurricanes, are now on island, and the Transportation, Works and Utilities Ministry is working with the Department of Public Works to erect them as soon as possible, TWU Minister Kye Rymer said Monday in the House of Assembly.

He also gave updates on the Virgin Islands Fire and Rescue Service, as well as Road Town sewerage works.

There are five new fire trucks on island to address the shortage that has led the VIFRS fleet to close many of its sub-stations, Mr. Rymer said.

One truck each will be distributed to Anegada, Jost Van Dyke, Virgin Gorda, East End and West End.

The TWU Ministry is also assessing the damage to various substations, he said, and will issue contracts to repair them shortly.

He added that one new fire tender for the Road Town Fire Station is expected to arrive by October.

Sewage plant

Mr. Rymer also said the TWU Ministry is in communication with the contractor that built the hurricane-damaged sewage treatment plant for the area from Baughers Bay to Prospect Reef, which is currently not functioning.

He said he expects to have specific cost estimates for recommissioning the plant by next week, and hopes to begin repairs this year.

The FDL Consultant Group, which designed the sewage systems in Cane Garden Bay and East End/Long Look, is also preparing a proposal to address the backing up of man-holes in Road Town to improve the system’s efficiency.

He said he expects to have the proposal “in hand” within two weeks.


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