The V.I. Waste Management Authority updates the Anna’s Retreat residents of the work on the Weymouth Rhymer pump station removal project. The scope of work for this project has included the completion of the sleeve and the installation of the 15-inch sewer line, and the construction of a new 12-inch sewer line and three manholes along the east side of Weymouth-Rhymer Highway.
This sewer line will run from the existing pump station and end at the entrance of FirstBank parking lot.
A new gravity sewer system will be constructed along the Weymouth-Rhymer Highway that will eliminate the Weymouth-Rhymer pump station located adjacent to the laundry. A 24-inch steel sleeve will be installed under the highway with minimal interruption to traffic and a 15-inch gravity sewer line will be installed in the sleeve. The sewer line will then be connected to the manhole on the west side of the highway.
The project, which was scheduled to be completed by Oct. 26, has experienced delays due to the recent torrential and prolonged rain storms that have recently plagued the territory. The resulting flooding caused a loss of almost 400 man-hours of work previously completed, impacting manpower, equipment and the project. The project was temporarily halted to ensure the safety of the workers and to evaluate the impact of neighboring construction projects on this project.
During this final phase, work will be completed during the night time hours to lessen the impact on the vehicular traffic in the area.
This is the VIWMA’s first project funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) stimulus funds on the island of St. Thomas. This project will reduce the authority’s energy consumption and associated carbon footprint.
St. Thomas residents and motorists are strongly urged to utilize alternate routes around the construction area. When in the area, motorists and pedestrians are asked to use caution when approaching and traveling in the area, and adhere to posted signs and flagmen’s directions.
The VIWMA apologizes for any inconvenience that may be caused by this project, and ask the public’s continued cooperation and understanding as it works to improve the infrastructure to better serve the public.
For more information, contact VIWMA’s Office of Communications Management at 712-4950 or 712-4951.