Minister of Communications and Works, Hon. Mark Vanterpool has explained why the Lee Road on Virgin Gorda which is now two years behind schedule has dragged on.
The Minister while speaking on NDP radio on 21 January explained that the overlaying part of the road was halted to ensure that the process met Caribbean Development Bank requirements.
“The reason why we haven’t overlaid the Lee Road in Virgin Gorda yet is because CDB has said to us do not overlay that road with asphalt until you have the right mix of asphalt. Right now we are having the chemist and the persons to make sure we have the right mix before we overlay that road,” he announced.
Back in September Hon. Vanterpool in providing an update on the project said “The drainage solution and road rehabilitation is 90 percent complete as per contract. However, the project has been put on hold until we resolve some land issues in extending the project a bit. Until these are resolved we’ve put the project on hold. Hopefully soon we can complete it,” Hon. Vanterpool announced at a contract signing last week.
In September, 2016 Government signed an eight-month project for the main road on Virgin Gorda, which is referred to as the Lee Road. The contract was signed between Government and Anselmo Stevens of Creative Builders.
The scope of works entailed the complete overhaul of the Lee Road which is a stretch of road that is heavily traversed on that sister island. At the time of the contract signing Minister Vanterpool assured that the work would have ended by summer 2017.
The $1.6 million contract for the complete rehabilitation of a portion of the road spanning from Steven’s Gas Station to the Catholic Community Centre is hoped to remedy the flooding situation that plagues the road, as well as add needed sidewalks.