As Acting Minister of Public Works, I am pleased to provide an update on the ongoing trench work being carried out across the island and to share the plans for asphalting the roads.
Firstly, I want to recognize the frustration experienced by members of the public who have had to contend with what must seem like a never-ending series of stoplights. Your patience is very much appreciated.
I am pleased to announce that the critical work carried out to reinforce the section of Harbour Road between Lover’s Lane and Highwood Lane has been completed.
I would especially like to take a moment to express my gratitude for the long hours and dedication from the cross-departmental team at Public Works for coming together to get this project to a successful conclusion. Those departments include the Highways Section, Planning and Estates.
Some of these individuals worked in the cold and rain to ensure traffic flow during peak times. I was happy to join them sometimes to understand better how the traffic was moving so that we could make adjustments, which we did.
My thanks also go out to our partners in the private sector and the area residents for their cooperative spirit in helping us to overcome initial challenges.
As was previously stated, the adjustment to the budget for this project was funded by realizing cost savings with the ministry’s budget.
Bringing this specific project to a close is an important milestone. It allows the Ministry to continue pushing forward with the remaining road works in the eastern, central and western parishes.
It has been the firm commitment of this Government to provide and maintain jobs to Bermudians through the execution of significant infrastructure upgrades to our highways and byways, electrical grid and water/waste management systems.
Over the couple of months, we anticipate traffic disruption associated with trenching to be eased in the following locations:
– St. Georges:
o Road, Southside Road, and Carters Bay Road.
o Duke of Clarence Street to Old Military Road.
o Mullet Bay to Ferry Reach.
o Tamarind Vale to Burnt House Hill
o Verdmont Road to Middle Road/Store Hill
o Harrington Sound Road – Devils hole/Knapton Hill
o Manor House Bridge
In addition to the list above, I want to highlight the commencement of the road widening project between Tamarind Vale and Burnt House Hill. Commuters have seen the limestone excavation in December, which will allow for a sidewalk to be built, making it safer for pedestrians and motorists alike.
The residents in that area have my sincere thanks for allowing boundaries to be moved and for their patience with the necessary disruption to access their homes. The retaining wall and sidewalk installation will occur after the trenches are complete, with an estimated completion time in the fall of this year.
The Ministry of public works will be providing updates on this project and the status of each of the other listed locations in the coming weeks.
We will also be sharing a map of the island showing the locations of each trench, showing the estimated completion times with the named roads.
Once the trench work has been completed in a particular area, asphalting will commence to smooth out the roads and repair potholes and damage to the road surface.
The area from Harington Sound Road to Paynter’s Road has been identified as the first to be asphalted, with that phase estimated to begin mid-February.
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