Liburd: Old Road Bay Reclamation Project Expect To Begin In Coming Weeks

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Written by Gavin Belle

St. Kitts and Nevis (WINN): Minister of Public Infrastructure, Ian Liburd revealed to the public that  plans are near completion in regard to infrastructure development in the Old Road Bay area. The announcement came during the post cabinet briefing on Wednesday, (May 30). The minister stated that the work being done is designed to build resilience in an area known for its vulnerability to the effects of Hurricanes. The section of the island’s main road in that area has been an area of concern for commuters and residents alike due, to the damage done to the infrastructure during active weather events. “This is important because we are looking at it from two fronts. In that, to mitigate against the rock fall or slippage from the shore end or the mountain end. The intention is to move the road seaward. Which will derive some reclamation of land seaward, and that is to address rises in sea-level, because if you drive across the road it would appear as if the road is sinking but in fact the sea-levels are rising each year.” Minister Liburd added that while work is expected to begin in coming months, the project is expected to take up to 18 months for completion. “At present the designs are some 95 percent complete, we are awaiting the barometric study. This deals with the water depths and so on…So by next year June or July the works will be completed, and we would expect that what happened last year would never happen again.”

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