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Mapp: Work Set To Begin on Road Projects Territory-wide


                   Gov. Kenneth E. Mapp

CHARLOTTE AMALIE – Gov. Kenneth Mapp signed several contracts Wenesday for the Department of Public Works, which he said will “vastly improve road conditions for Virgin Islanders on St. Croix, St. Thomas, and St. John.”

On St. Croix, Mapp signed a contract with V.I. Paving, according to a Government House statement.  The contract is for needed road work on Emancipation Drive from Hannah’s Rest Signal Light to Claude O. Markoe Elementary School.  V.I. Paving is expected to begin work on the project immediately.

On St. John emergency roadway repairs will take place on Route 10, Centerline Road, the governor said. The damage to this road was a result of Tropical Storm Otto and has affected travel on the Island of St. John since the damage occurred. Island Roads will commence work on this project immediately, he said.

On St. Thomas, Mapp signed a contract with Island Roads for the finalization of the Rothschild Francis “Market Square” Rehabilitation Project, he said.  Work on the project is scheduled to begin immediately.

“These projects continue to serve as an example of my administration’s commitment to the people of the Virgin Islands, to rebuild our roads and improve our infrastructure,” Mapp said.

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John McCarthy

John McCarthy

John McCarthy is primarily known for his investigative reporting on the U.S. Virgin Islands. A series of reports beginning in the 1990's revealed that there was everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling. Another report, following Hurricane Hugo in 1989, cited a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) confidential overview that said that over 40 percent of the U.S. Virgin Islands public lives below the poverty line. The Virgin Islands Free Press is the only Caribbean news source to regularly incorporate the findings of U.S. Freedom of Information Act requests. John's articles have appeared in the BVI Beacon, St. Croix Avis, San Juan Star and Virgin Islands Daily News. He is the former news director of WSVI-TV Channel 8 on St. Croix.

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