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Mapp Spends $251,022.92 In Public Funds To Fix Two Roads That Lead To His Mother’s House

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Gov. Kenneth Mapp

CHRISTIANSTED – The Virgin Islands government gave two contracts to the Virgin Islands Paving Co. totaling $614,269.34 on Monday.

Gov. Kenneth Mapp said he signed two contracts for the Department of Public Works to improve the roads near Sion Hill, Rattan and a downtown area St. Croix.

The first project, budgeted for $251,022.92 is for phase one of two, for roadwork on Sion Hill Road.  Reconstruction of the road is to commence on the section  starting at Freewill Baptist Church to Rattan in the area of the Old Water Tank, Government House said.  VIAPCO has been awarded the contract for the work.  VIAPCO is expected to begin work on this project within the next several weeks, upon the issuing of the Notice to Proceed.

The second project, expected to begin within the next few weeks is the highly anticipated resurfacing of Company Street in Christiansted, according to Government House.

The project is contracted to be completed within sixty calendar days.  Company Street will be milled down four inches, repaired and then resurfaced.  The work will cover the whole length of Company Street.  The contract for the work was awarded to VIAPCO for $363,246.42.
“I am looking forward to the work that is about to commence in the Sion Hill and downtown Christiansted areas, DPW Commissioner Gustav James said.  “I want to remind the motoring public to observe any detours in the traffic flow and be aware of flagmen and workmen.  If at all possible, use alternate routes to avoid delays.”
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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everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling.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 50 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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