The following utility and road projects are planned in the U.S. Virgin Islands in the coming weeks, according to a weekly update from Government House.
• Charlotte Amalie Hazard Mitigation Project St. Thomas
Virgin Islands Water and Power Authority contractor Island Roads will continue excavating to install a duct bank at Norre Gade directly in front of Memorial Moravian Church. Work will be on from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Wednesday. One lane will remain open for vehicular traffic and motorists are asked to observe signs and flaggers’ directions for further information.
Nightly work will continue from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. with trench excavation in alleyways and high voltage cable installation in the areas of Veterans Drive, Raadets Gade, and Dronnigens Gade, with little or no vehicular traffic affected.
The Charlotte Amalie Hazard Mitigation Project, part of WAPA’s larger underground mitigation plan for the Virgin Islands, is federally funded at $1.6 million and requires a cost share between the Federal Emergency Management Agency and WAPA for a total price tag of $2.9 million. WAPA’s portion of the cost is funded by past customer payments into the Self-Insurance and Hazard Mitigation Fund. Project completion is scheduled for June 29.
Innovative construction crews began performing excavation work Thursday along Route 82 (East End Road) starting at the Cotton Valley Central to the intersection of Cramer’s Park to facilitate the placement of fiber optic and coaxial cables. The construction zone is 2.1 miles and this project will take approximately two weeks to complete.
Innovative does not have any projects planned on St. Thomas or St. John that will affect traffic flow.
V.I. WASTE MANAGEMENT AUTHORITY (VIWMA)
LBJ Phases 2 & 3 Force Main Sewer Line Rehabilitation Project
The road and land closures for this week include:
• Queen Mary Highway, (Route 70) – continuing on Monday through Sunday – the road will remain reduced to one lane from the entrance of Queste Verde Condominiums northward to the intersection by the entrance to the JFK Housing Community in 1,000-foot intervals each day.
The contractor will test the newly installed pump-around sewer line system Monday. The flow of sewage from the LBJ Pump Station to the Anguilla Treatment Plant will be re-directed through these temporary lines while the existing sewer pipes are inspected and cleaned prior to the lining of the pipes. Inspection and cleaning of the 4,500 linear feet of sewer line piping will begin Tuesday.
Motorists are asked to adhere to the directives of the flagmen and to reduce vehicular speed when approaching the construction zone. Motorists are also encouraged to use alternate routes during this construction period.
The LBJ Force Main Phases 2 & 3 Project includes the installation of 4,500 linear feet of a structural liner inside of the existing 24-inch ductile iron sewer line pipe. The project travel east along Northside Road (Route 75) and south along Queen Mary Highway (Route 70). The project will end in the vicinity of the intersection of Queen Mary Highway and the entrance to Queste Verde Condominiums by Beeston Hill.
More information is available by contacting the Office of Communications Management at 1-340-715-9110 or 1-340-690-4218.
VIRGIN ISLANDS NEXT GENERATION NETWORK
St. Thomas/St. John
Asphalt repair will also continue along Smith Bay Road (Route 38) near Sapphire Beach and into Smith Bay.
Aerial crew will install aerial fiber on the island of St. John. Similarly, in St. Thomas, fiber optic cable will be installed from Peterborg to Louisenhoj and Mafolie Intersection.
Underground fiber will commence from 6:30 p.m. to 6:00 a.m., from Main Street to Subbase along Kronprindsens Gade and Harwood Highway.
Asphalt paving will continue from the Paradise Road intersection moving along Centerline Road (Route 70) heading west to Frederiksted.
Traffic vaults installation will commence along Centerline Road from UVI to Kingshill Intersection. Also, traffic vaults installation will continue from Five Corners to Kingshill along Northside Road (Route 75). Some vault installation will also be from Basin Triangle along King Street to Time Square in Christiansted.
Aerial hardware installation and aerial fiber will commence from Salt River Intersection along Northshore Road (Route 80) to La Valley Glad Hill Road Intersection.
Underground fiber installation will commence near Hovensa Refinery along Hess Road and Queen Mary Highway towards Orange Grove and Estate Richmond, Christiansted.
Motorists are asked to follow traffic directions for the safety of crews, pedestrians and other drivers.