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PWD resumes Brewers Bay drainage project

-following delays brought on by the flood & hurricanes of 2017
Deputy Director of Public Works Department (PWD), Mr G. Navarro Donovan announced last week that his department will resume the Brewers Bay Road Drainage Improvement Project which will reduce flooding that causes damages to the road infrastructure. Photo: VINO/File
Many deplorable roads can be seen throughout the territory. Photo: VINO/File
Many deplorable roads can be seen throughout the territory. Photo: VINO/File
 Many roads were damaged during the hurricanes of September 2017 and some of them remain in their damaged state some seven months out. Photo: VINO/File
Many roads were damaged during the hurricanes of September 2017 and some of them remain in their damaged state some seven months out. Photo: VINO/File
BREWERS BAY, Tortola, VI - Even before the August floods and the two category 5 hurricanes of 2017, the Territory’s infrastructure has been in shambles.

This has been the case despite the National Democratic Party (NDP) Government borrowing a $16M loan in 2015 from the Social Security Board (SSB) to address the road repairs and rehabilitation issues.

Then came the floods and Hurricanes last year that further eroded the infrastructure on Tortola, Virgin Gorda, Jost van Dyke and Anegada.

After that, not much has been done to restore the poor roads and bridges with Sea Cows Bay, Long Look, East End, West End, Pariquita Bay on Tortola and Valley, Virgin Gorda having some of the worst roads.

Meanwhile, the Public Works Department (PWD) has last week announced that the Brewers Bay Road Drainage Improvement Project resumes following a few delays.

Brewers Bay drainage to be addressed first

In a Government Information Service (GIS) press release issued on Friday April 6, 2018 Deputy Director for the PWD, Mr G. Navarro Donovan said, “The overall project goal is to reduce flood risks in the Brewers Bay community by improving drainage along Brewers Bay Road East which leads towards the Brewers Bay Community Centre.”

Many residents for years have complained bitterly about the poor roads in that district and the frequent flooding once it rains in the Brewers Bay area.

Mr Donovan added, “The project is one of many being implemented under the regional iLAND Resilience Project to increase resilience to climate change impacts, including more frequent heavy rain events leading to increased flood risks.”

It is unclear, if this time the challenges of flooding over the many years in Brewers Bay will be corrected but the PWD senior officer said in the same press release that “the drainage improvement design focuses on helping the natural drainage system (the ghuts) in the area to best function again by restoring connectivity along their path and directing over-road stormwater flows back into these systems."

The project design

The Brewers Bay drainage design includes three (3) main components according to the GIS press release:

1. Two sets of box drains and culverts - to direct ghutstorm water flows under the road at the two areas where the ghut crosses the road,

2. Road re-grading and curb & slipper installation - to direct over-road stormwater flows into the ghut via the installed box drains,

3. Bridge retrofit - to help direct over-road stormwater flows into the ghut and out to sea via an existing mangrove wetland area that naturally helps to filter and treat stormwater.

Who is paying?

Government spokeswomen Nekita Turnbull said, “The iLAND Resilience Project on Climate Change Adaptation and Sustainable Land Management is funded through the European Union Global Climate Change Alliance (GCCA) and is coordinated regionally by the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS).”

Ms Turnbull added, “The Ministry of Natural Resources and Labour is responsible for managing local project implementation.”

She concluded by advising the public that, "Works will continue throughout this month and are scheduled every Monday to Saturday from 7:00 A.M. to 3:00 P.M. Motorists are asked to exercise caution in the area while the project is implemented," Ms Turnbull stated.

11 Responses to “PWD resumes Brewers Bay drainage project”

  • cay (08/04/2018, 14:06) Like (2) Dislike (8) Reply
    when they going do the east end roads?
  • Patience pls (08/04/2018, 14:51) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
    There are some areas that need to be first and foremost and we just have to have some patience.Remember Rome was not built in one day and so was the BVI.We all wish all can be done at once but it is not that easy.So hold out until it is your time and continue to blog if things going to slow or not going as it ought to be.Keep them on their toes until it is done.
  • bystander (08/04/2018, 14:53) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    And you think the cruise ships will bring tourists soon? Dream on!
  • See (08/04/2018, 15:47) Like (20) Dislike (0) Reply
    Stop with the blaming of climate change for every poorly engineered road. Build them correctly the first time and if they dont meet proper specs ..no one should get paid . No more BS 2 inches of blacktop thrown over mud ...a la Cane Garden Bay ... or the absurd FIXING of Joes Hill Road . How about building PROPER drainage culverts and lateral specs as well as using properly layered base material and using appropriate binder for the top coat of blacktop ...which should be designed for the heaviest vehicle to travel on it . Stop wasting our money over and over again . The latest band aid repairs on the Ridge Road are a prime example . Those patches MIGHT last until the cruiseship inspection . Wonder if there is a connection. If the knowledge is not here ... get a real civil engineer to design specs for ALL of our roads and before anyone claiming to be a contractor gets paid ten cents , the work should be inspected and signed off on . We have an opportunity to finally do some infrastructure correctly . Lets not waste the money nor the opportunity
  • wize up (08/04/2018, 17:34) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    working on getting Mitch to switch-say yes the next time during house of assembly(white envelope....so-to-speak)....district #5 next for some project(hush money)
  • police (09/04/2018, 09:04) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
    we need that $16 Million road loan investigated
  • l (09/04/2018, 09:05) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
    The picture on top is actually Carrot Bay.
  • ausar (09/04/2018, 11:40) Like (8) Dislike (0) Reply
    "See", Virgin Islanders have never been interested in roads that are properly engineered and designed

    Where are our engineers learning to build roads. It's obvious that they have learned nothing, Hurricanes Irma and Maria has shown us that

    Let's hope that the governor's plan to regulate the industry will be swift and forthcoming with accordance to the UK-British Isle standards


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