Public works minister, Rayburn Blackmoore, is defending the slow progress on Lot 2 of the problem-plagued Airport Road Project pointing out that funding had to be sought for additional work.
Blackmoore told the inauguration of the Marigot Village Council earlier in the week that historically many sections of the road have been prone to land slippages and much of the work being done was not part of the original contractual arrangement.
“We said, as a government, that it makes no sense to do a job of that magnitude partially,” he stated. “Consequently we had to get additional funding…”
Blackmoore pointed out that a vulnerable area being worked on is next to the Belles School. “In the original contract not enough provision was made for a retaining wall and excavation,” he stated. “That is being done now …that is why you see the work taking a little bit longer.”
He pointed further that work is being done on 14 bridges which “was not part of the original scope of work.”
“That is why we are doing for you a proper job going forward…” he noted.
He also took a shot at past governments for not placing a single culvert on the road “for so many years.”
Lot 2 of the Airport Road Project runs from Pond Casse to the Melville Hall Airport.
It is one of the largest infrastructural projects on the island.
However, it has been plagued by many problems including protest by truckers for non payment of monies owed to them.
Blackmoore had personally given a number of deadlines for the project’s completion, going as far as threatening penalties to contractors if they were not met.
However, none of the deadlines have come to fruition.