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Mapp: Road Repair Contracts Approved Include Pilgrims Terrace Bypass on St. Thomas

CHARLOTTE AMALIE — Governor Kenneth Mapp approved four more road repairs contracts on Friday, soon bringing relief to residents who use Pilgrims Terrace Bypass, Estate Work and Rest Route 622, West Airport Road Route 64 at Estate Diamond and Hermon Hill Road in Christiansted.

The Department of Public Works (DPW) reports that there are at least 20 active road improvement projects now underway in the territory.

Emergency repairs at Pilgrims Terrace Bypass on St. Thomas include temporary traffic control, roadway excavation, reinforced retaining walls, reinforced concrete swale and new guardrails. At Route 64 West Airport Road, Estate Diamond, repairs are full depth reclamation with cement, 2-inch asphalt concrete pavement, road milling and thermoplastic direction marking. Those traversing Estate Work & Rest can expect three-inch asphalt concrete pavement and thermoplastic pavement marking; and Herman Hill Road is slated for two-inch asphalt paving and road reconditioning.

DPW has identified 940 miles of the 1,273 miles of Virgin Islands roadway to be rebuilt to U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) standards with proper foundations, drainage, provisions for buried utilities and outfitted with ADA compliant sidewalks, reflectors, traffic signals, and crosswalks.

Mapp indicated that more than $530 million has already been identified for the first phase of overhauling the majority of the territory’s roads.

Also signed on Friday was a $130,000 contract to demolish the stadium stand and other damaged structures at the Randall “Doc” James Racetrack on St. Croix. The demolition will pave the way for VIGL’s $30 million investment in the racetracks on both St. Thomas and St. Croix.

The new track facilities, now in the permitting stage, will make the Virgin Islands the region’s premier destination for horseracing, while creating many new opportunities for young people interested in careers related to horses, racing and veterinary science.



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everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling.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

1 Comment

  1. NewIslander
    November 5, 2018 at 11:26 AM — Reply

    Road fixed? Must be an election cycle.

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