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Governor Holds Ribbon-Cutting for Veterans Drive Road Project

Governor Albert Bryan Jr. speaks at the Veterans Drive ribbon-cutting ceremony. (Submitted photo)

Governor Albert Bryan Jr., Lt. Gov. Tregenza A. Roach and Public Works Commissioner Nelson Petty Jr. had a ribbon-cutting ceremony Tuesday morning for the completion of the initial phase of the Veterans Drive road project, which is part of a larger revitalization of the St. Thomas waterfront and downtown Charlotte Amalie.

After some brief remarks, Bryan and Roach led a cavalcade of vehicles for an inaugural drive on the newly opened road.

Phase 1 of the Veterans Drive Improvement Project was finished by the American Bridge Company well before its completion date of July 2021 at a cost of $45 million.

The scope of work included roadway widening, pavement reconstruction, seawall construction, drainage improvements, lighting, installation of a new expanded promenade and landscaping.

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The design for Phase 2 is scheduled to be completed in 2021, with an estimated cost of $100 million.

The work for Phase 2 will include widening lanes on the waterfront from 9 feet to 11 feet; expanding the promenade, which will have a double alley of trees to enhance the pedestrian experience; raised speed tables for pedestrian crossings; areas for sidewalk cafes and other commercial activity; pedestrian and road lighting; a landscaped median; and improvements to the plaza area, which will include a water feature.

Upon the project’s completion, the existing roadway between the Legislature and Fort Christian will be closed to become a pedestrian walkway.

The Veterans Drive road project is the result of a multiday charrette called the Town’s Blueprint that took place in 2010.

In addition to the governor, lieutenant governor and the commissioner, others who participated in the ribbon-cutting were American Bridge Company Project Manager Justin Berglund, St. Thomas-Water Island Administrator Avery Lewis, Veterans Affairs Director Patrick Farrell, Pastor Merle Malone of Frederick Evangelical Lutheran Church, Eric Castro of Grade All Construction and St. Thomas-St. John Police Chief Steven Phillip.

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