Road enhancement programme underway

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Public Works, Hon. Dr. Earl Asim Martin

BASSETERRE, ST. KITTS, FEBRUARY 18TH 2013 (CUOPM) – Road works now in progress by the Ministry of Public Works is part of a massive enhancement programme executed by the Public Works Department.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Housing, Public Works, Energy and Public Utilities, the Hon. Dr. Earl Asim Martin said the programme ensures the resurfacing of not only main roads, but also the complete rehabilitation of secondary and feeder roads within constituencies around the island of St. Kitts.

Acting Road Engineer at the Public Works Department, Ms. La Reine Gumbs informed the Communications Unit in the Office of the Prime Minister (CUOPM) that several roads in Basseterre have already been completed.

Several of the ISO Tanks with Bitumen
Roads already resurfaced (Photos by Erasmus Williams)

“Roads completed since January 21st 2013 include Rose Lane, Florence Nightingale Street, Thompson Street, Shaw Avenue, Upper, Middle and Lower Thibou Avenue, Durant Avenue, Malone Avenue, Freedom Street, Lewis Lane, Seaton Street and the East Park Range extension road and a section of the F.T. Williams Highway,” said Ms. Gumbs.

She added that roads that are still to be completed are Nevis Street and Central Street, the Rectory Road and the Factory Road.

Assistance in this programme has come from the PDV St. Kitts–Nevis Limited, which has been helpful in facilitating the progress of this costly exercise.

PDV has purchased 8 ISO-containers to be used in the transport of bitumen from Venezuela to St. Kitts and Nevis.

Each ISO tank has a capacity for 124 barrels of bitumen – the raw material from which asphalt is made.

The tanks serve the needs of the federation and have undoubtedly enabled government to expedite the road reconstruction and maintenance.

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