The Manse Road on August 21, 2012
Photo Credit: Clifton Skelton/BVI Platinum News
The Ministry of Communications and Works is hopeful that within the next thirty (30) days, the Manse Road project will be completed. The road serves as an alternate route in the Road Town area.
The phased-project includes the complete paving of the road, construction of a wall, sidewalk and erecting of street lights.
"The road is being completed now in terms of the sidewalks and we are putting in the various pieces for lights, drainage and so on. Hopefully within thirty days or so, we could have it pretty much wrapped up and look forward to doing all the other bits and pieces along the road as we want to put more lights higher up on the completed road," disclosed Hon. Mark Vanterpool, Minister for Communications and Works last evening, August 20.
The Minister expressed thanks to the residents and motorists for their patience.
"So we are working hard on that and have it looking really nice in the next month or so. Also, when it rains we want to make sure it can drain properly so we will be testing...Thanks to the residents for being patient with us; even now we trying to put in some walls by the man's house," he stated.
Following some delays during construction, the road was opened after being partially paved to alleviate traffic congestion during the August Monday Parade on the 6th.
The works being done now are part of phase III of the project as the widening exercise for the road has been completed.
Earlier this month, Minister Vanterpool told BVI Platinum News that phase III is costing Government in the range of $400,000.00. The Works Minister explained the scope of work that will be done under phase III of the project.
"They are establishing on the side as you can see, what they call a box drain. The road is going to be sloped towards the box drain so that the water off the road goes into the box drain and goes into the main drain that goes across down to the ghut that passes eventually along Franklins down there and out into the sea. They are working on the box drain on the side right now and in the meantime, they are also working on the road paving, which will obviously be two lanes coming down," he stated.
Previously, Minister Vanterpool stated that the paving of the road is to make it a lot easier to avoid the dust affecting neighbors in the area who have been cooperating with Government.
He had also thanked the landowners, who agreed and signed to allow Government access to their property to widen the road.
The project manager is Greg Hodge.