Satisfactory progress is being reported on work being done to turn an accident-prone “very narrow strip of road” into a comfortable road for motorists in the Grand Fond area, according to Public Works Minister Rayburn Blackmoore.
Following an onsite look at the project, the minister and his officials have indicated that widening work on the Grand Fond road is now at an advanced stage.
The project was launched in April (2012) following heavy rains last November which resulted in significant road edge failure to what used to be a very narrow stretch of road.
Parliamentary Representative for the Grand Fond Constituency, Ivor Stephenson, expects the road to be much safer for road users when it is completed.
“People who have been going to Grand Fond would know that this is a very narrow strip of road. It would basically scare people, it was not safe and it was very possible to have accidents”.
The parliamentary representative says the project is being done in three critical areas.
“In the “vava” area and below the “tomiel” to” kabwit “area we had massive excavation works being done”.
Public Works Minister Blackmoore says so far over $500,000.00 have been spent on the project.
“Immediately after we had the effects of the rain last year we spent one hundred and fifty thousand dollars (E.C $150,000.00) to do initial excavation work. We are currently spending over four hundred thousand dollars (E.C $400,000.00) to do this aspect of the project”.
The Minister says the next phase will include the construction of storm drains and resurfacing works.
“The intention in terms of the quantum of work to be done going forward is to have 300 meters of road work and 300 meters of concrete drains. We are going to have slipper drains and storm drains” he added.
“The intention is to have two- way traffic throughout the length of the road,” he explained.