An additional $12.6 million dollars is being pumped into the airport road project from the Melville Hall Airport to Pond Casse, to help complete that Lot 2 Project.
Finance Minister Roosevelt Skerrit and French Ambassador to the OECS Michel Prom today (Friday, June 22) signed an agreement for a loan of that amount from the Agence Francaise de Developement (AFD).
The funds are said to be mainly for the rehabilitation and reconstruction of the bridges along that route.
Prime Minister Skerrit said at the signing ceremony that he hoped the additional funding responds to some of the criticisms that have been directed at the road project.
He said the government was fully committed to completing the project.
“Just as we have delivered on Lot 1 – Canefield to Pond Casse, the West Coast Road, the Grandbay to Loubiere Road and so many others, we will deliver on this project,” the Prime Minister said, adding that the project had coughed up many challenges.
“There is a case to be made for strengthening project management generally within the government system,” Prime Minister Skerrit acknowledged in speaking about the road project.
“This phase of the project is expected to include the construction and replacement of existing bridges on the Pond Casse to Melville Hall Road, and the solution that may be proposed for addressing the land slippage at Antrim,” he said.
PM Skerrit also referred to “aspects of the works done as part of the ongoing phase which were not anticipated and which will be funded with the resources from this loan”.
French Ambassador Prom said the work already done on the project was “encouraging”.