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MAPP: More Major Road Projects Set To Begin With V.I. Paving on St. Croix

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FREDERIKSTED — Governor Kenneth Mapp has approved contracts for four more road projects on St. Croix.

The projects, which will be completed by V.I. Paving and VIAPCO, are “expected to vastly improve road conditions on the big island,” Mapp said.

The plans for Melvin Evans Highway include pavement rehabilitation and safety improvements from East Airport Road to the Estate Profit intersection. The project includes construction, surveying and staking, soil erosion control, removal of guard rails and concrete paving.

Two roads in Frederiksted are slated for improvements – the street adjacent to the Walter I.M. Hodge Housing Community and Queen Mary Highway (Route 70) in the vicinity of Armstrong Ice Cream.

Extensive repairs will also be made in the Estate La Grande Princess neighborhood in Christiansted.

Mapp said rehabilitating and rebuilding the Territory’s roads remains a high priority of the Administration.

“I urge the public to proceed with caution while work is being performed in these areas,” he said.

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John McCarthy

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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everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling.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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