Minister for Public Works and Ports, Ian Pinard, has said that works will begin at the Douglas-Charles Airport on December 7th.
The airport facility was severely damaged on August 27, during the passage of Tropical Storm Erika due to flooding by the Melville Hall River, which according to the minister, caused every piece of equipment at that facility to be destroyed and therefore, had to be replaced.
Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Public Works, Kendell Johnson, had reported during a press conference in October, that damage suffered by the Douglas-Charles Airport is in excess of $41-million.
According to Pinard, who was speaking on State-Owned Radio DBS, following an assessment of the damage, the necessary design works which were expedited for the rehabilitation of the airport and the proposed works were packaged in two phases.
He indicated that phase one is in excess of over $31 million and includes, “repairs of part of the western end of the runway, repairs and resurfacing to the air front, repairs and resurfacing to the taxiway, restoration to the runway shoulders, drainage along the runway, repairs to the access road and retaining walls, restoration to the runway drainage and rehabilitation of the damaged road leading to Wesley.”
The construction works for phase one are expected to last six months.
Pinard did not say when the second phase would begin.