Minister of Public Works Rayburn Blackmoore has announced the intent to have the entire stretch of road under the Canefield Cliff completed in time for Independence.
The 1.7-kilometer stretch of roadway has been under reconstruction as part of the $100 million West Coast Road Project. Blackmoore was speaking at a ministerial site visit to that section of the project when he announced the deadline.
“I want to say that we have been trying our best with the construction team to have the entire road in that particular area totally surfaced with asphalted concrete by the end of next month to make it easier for persons traversing that area, especially during the World Creole Music Festival period and of course our Independence Celebrations,” he stated.
Blackmoore was mindful of the unpredictable weather which has caused significant delays to all sections of the project but remained optimistic that the deadline could be met.
“I am very much confident,” he said.
He went on to provide a further preview of what the road will feature, once completed, which includes a box culvert that is already completed near Woodbridge Bay.
“Upon completion we’re going to have two lanes, each measuring 3.75 meters with a third lane measuring 3 meters, as a pullover lane. So it’s going to be a three-lane arrangement from Woodbridge Bay, terminating in The Cove area. We’re having the drainage work done towards the eastern side and the installation of culverts and culvert extensions to mitigate against flooding. Already we are making provision for the laying of the ducts for street lights towards the western side of the road where the sidewalk is going to be,” Blackmoore said.
The minister also confirmed that road markings and reflectors will be in place upon completion of that section of the project.