Plans are underway for the commencement of work to be conducted on the sister island as part of the government’s Road Infrastructure Rehabilitation and Institutional Capacity Building project.
That is according to a release from the Ministry of Works which indicated that a team will be visiting Barbuda in the coming week in an effort to assess the condition of roads there and to determine what actions must be taken to commence road work on the sister isle.
Meantime the recently appointed Project Coordinator, Dennis Cudjoe said that the Ministry of Works and Housing is progressing with plans for the commencement of work under the Road Rehabilitation project.
He said the selection process for contractors are currently ongoing and so far fourteen regional and international companies have applied for pre-qualification documents to participate in the proposed construction activity.
Cudjoe said that based on the requirements of the funding agency of the road rehabilitation work to be carried out, a feasibility study is required to be completed in order to assess to the social and economic viability of the project to Antigua and Barbuda.
He said that very shortly contractors will be shortlisted from the total number of pre-qualification documents received.
The intention according to the Project coordinator is to have the contacts awarded upon completion of the feasibility study this year, for rehabilitation work on Anchorage Road, Friars Hill Roads, Airport Road, Factory Road, Herberts Main Road, Old Parham Road, Valley Road, and from Old Road to English Harbour.
The design for the road work will take into consideration the effects of climate change, natural disasters and implications on environment as well as social and gender issues.
Funding for the project is being provided through a grant from the British Government and is being channeled through the Caribbean Development Bank.
Meantime the Minister of works and Housing, the Honorable Eustace “Teco Lake said apart from the funds allocated for the road rehabilitation project, the Government is looking at expending an additional 20 million dollars to upgrade several roads in the various communities.
Minister Lake said this feeds into the Government’s overall plan to strengthen the national road network in the New Year.
He said a number of bridges across the island have been repaired in recent weeks but the work will not stop there as other bridges are also in need of repair work and he is committed to seeing these upgrades completed.