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NDP Gov’t got over $50M in loans to fix roads in VI– Hon Kye M. Rymer

-Minster says properly done roads would have last for at-least 25 years
Addressing opposition criticisms of the road infrastructure in the Virgin Islands (VI), Minister for Communications and Works, Hon Kye M. Rymer (R5) said the now opposition members who were once in Government, collected some $50M in loans for road infrastructure works which never materialized. Photo: HoA/Youtube
Road works in Sea Cows Bay. The Government of the Virgin Islands is awaiting loans to undertake more infrastructural works across the territory. Photo: Team of Reporters/File
Road works in Sea Cows Bay. The Government of the Virgin Islands is awaiting loans to undertake more infrastructural works across the territory. Photo: Team of Reporters/File
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Addressing the Opposition's criticisms of the road infrastructure in the Virgin Islands (VI), Minister for Communications and Works, Hon Kye M. Rymer (R5) said the now Opposition Members, who were once in Government, collected some $50M in loans for road infrastructure works that have not stand the test of time.

Hon Rymer was at the time addressing the House at the July 4, 2024, continuation of the Thirteenth Sitting of the First Session of the Fifth House of Assembly (HoA).

“Them being in there, they get loans…. Madam Speaker, over nearly $50 million in loans and look at the road infrastructure today, but we [are] getting the blame...” Hon Rymer said adding that roads when done properly, would last at-least 25 years.

Roads & Airport expansion must be done concurrently - Hon Rymer

He said the comments come even as the VI talks about expanding the local airport where conversations on the road works would surface, however, according to the Minister both have to be done concurrently.

“I thank my wife for rubbing my head when I go home because sometimes the pressure of what we’re going through… but God is good and I am confident that these things will be addressed,” he added.

Hon Rymer said people no longer want to hear excuses about the hurricanes, COVID-19 pandemic, or the CoI reforms, even as the VI continues to grapple with implementing reforms.

The works minister said he is awaiting the monies to get the projects done and assured that once funding is available, the road infrastructure will be fixed.

Premier and Minister of Finance Dr the Hon Natalio D. Wheatley (R7) has said he is looking for $100M in loans for infrastructural works.

41 Responses to “NDP Gov’t got over $50M in loans to fix roads in VI– Hon Kye M. Rymer ”

  • Yoda (09/07/2024, 18:08) Like (74) Dislike (14) Reply
    What's wrong with these guys, NDP did get the $50 million loan for the roads but they were kicked out before they could spend it, they VIP used it once they got in office.
    These guys must be related to Trump.
    • 3 Worse Ministers Ever (10/07/2024, 05:41) Like (16) Dislike (1) Reply
      Vinsent. Launa, Kie, Health and NHI is messy mess. Health centers electricity get cut, he said nothing .Imagine I paid almost $800.00 to clean my teeth almost $90 was my co -pay. To see a Doc is more than $150.00 So I feel so sorry for NHI and the Govt because I know they getting rip off big time, So I wait until I go on vacation i get my teeth for $140.00 US. And see mu
      Doctor for $45.00 without claiming...As for Kie. The Infrastructure in a messy mess, don't talk about Port especially When cruise ship is in at Pier Park, out of control, no order, no service, no wonder we rank at the bottom..As for Launa, Just talk, Banks food and labour out of control, Minimum wage is like trying to make a boat fly, lies...Cindy always on the Premier, we know that is personal. The Premier is the best of them all.
    • @Yoda (10/07/2024, 05:47) Like (3) Dislike (1) Reply
  • Citizen (09/07/2024, 18:12) Like (37) Dislike (1) Reply
    1. Soldier hill: from Rudy’s to Brewers bay gap)
    2. Chalwell: from Rudy’s to Sage mountain
    3. Hope Hill: from Bellvue church to spring Ghut entrance
    4. Brandywine Bay to Kingston
    5. Great Mountain: from Shabbazz to Ghut crossing
    Not even a proper pothole patch . Well wait, they just patch/pave 50 ft at station avenue.
    • l (09/07/2024, 19:18) Like (8) Dislike (1) Reply
      @ Citizen. Let's not forget East End, Long Look, and Josiah's Bay for sure are in terrible conditions. Please help us!!! Where are the political leaders we voted in? H E L P !!!!!!
    • @citizen (10/07/2024, 05:48) Like (3) Dislike (1) Reply
      All in the little time they had
    • BUSY BEE (10/07/2024, 11:01) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
      Isn't Station Road in Kye's own district?
    • Hmmmm (10/07/2024, 14:55) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
      What he yapping about, exactly he can't even get a pothole patch..... the rain will.come again then they will clean the drains... what he doing in that post really.... the other the some guys patching potholes the skip 3 right where the truck stopped.... this is more like money is people pockets..... get the trained so they can so it properly..... he lacks vision
  • resident (09/07/2024, 18:18) Like (24) Dislike (3) Reply
    he is right if it was properly done, but neither government seems to know how to pave roads, its a disgrace
  • Come On! (09/07/2024, 18:37) Like (82) Dislike (3) Reply
    • @Come On!! (10/07/2024, 14:21) Like (2) Dislike (5) Reply
      Just a point of note, although Kye has formerly been the the minister five years, he didnt have any authority as ALL the government's decisions were made by the former Premier. Only since Fahie's arrest 2 years ago, Kye and Natalio had to step up as politicians. Hence why they are struggling in their positions.
      • @@come on (11/07/2024, 13:07) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
        then why is he the minister for works. you clearly noted that he is weak. kye step down
  • kpt (09/07/2024, 18:37) Like (37) Dislike (0) Reply
    Hon Rymer said adding that roads when done properly, would last at-least 25 years, so prove that to us you are the man now.
  • homegrown (09/07/2024, 18:46) Like (38) Dislike (2) Reply
    Most of the roads that was done under the action man mark vanterpool standing up nicely. If pwd digging up his good job. What u expect
    • Say you don’t know! (09/07/2024, 23:57) Like (8) Dislike (0) Reply
      That’s water & Sewerage buddy. PWD has no reason to dig up roads. But IT iS all the same government.
  • cap (09/07/2024, 19:09) Like (25) Dislike (1) Reply
    Who cares about finger pointing and who could have done this and who we should blame for that. You are in charge now, so you have the opportunity to fix it. Just do it.
  • TIT FOR TAT (09/07/2024, 19:53) Like (20) Dislike (0) Reply
    At this point it doesn’t matter who did or didn’t do what. Please just fix the roads! We are begging! The place looks embarrassing and until now we taxpayers CANNOT see a solution in sight!
  • c (09/07/2024, 20:18) Like (10) Dislike (0) Reply
    They won’t last 25 years no matter how well they’re paved.
  • D7 (09/07/2024, 20:49) Like (7) Dislike (0) Reply
    You should start in the east, east got worst part of road in the bvi it you going extend airport people visitors need proper road to drive on biggest pot holes are in east end
  • The Reaper (09/07/2024, 21:38) Like (8) Dislike (0) Reply
    We need to stop ,this over over over over over.I had black hair ,now it turn gray ..U was in school,saw everything,now the crying game .No..U saw with your both eyes, u was there.never did nothing,now cry foul
  • Party Animal (09/07/2024, 21:48) Like (18) Dislike (0) Reply
    Sound like some of that music fest, festival and travel money could help with a lil bit but here we are.

    Always some excuse to fix the place but we could dish big cash in rent to fellow HOA member's, friends and family.

    Premier you does shop? Rhymer you does shop??
  • emotions (09/07/2024, 21:55) Like (12) Dislike (0) Reply
    They ALL related to Trump indeed. A set of BIG men and can’t take responsibility for their actions. Always got to find somebody to blame for their incompetence and failure. I wonder if it is the NDP government that has the administration complex incomplete as well since September 2017. He need to practice to speak the truth and stop from behaving like DT in the USA. Do your work and STOP pointing fingers mister.
  • lol (09/07/2024, 22:05) Like (11) Dislike (0) Reply
    This is BVI Politics. Blame everybody.
  • Ridiculous (10/07/2024, 02:33) Like (20) Dislike (0) Reply
    These guys act like they only took over yesterday. They still b8ching about NDP. They must be obsessed. Typical symptoms of being inexperienced, immature, incompetent. Sad day for the BVI.
  • The blame Game. (10/07/2024, 05:23) Like (18) Dislike (0) Reply
    Our Roads and water Issues have never been this bad. Never. NDP gave us the 4 lane High way. The Noel Lloyd Park and that nice Road. NDP gave us that $10.000 tax exemption and if they were in power it would have been raised to ease the Pressure NDP out perform VIP vy a mile..Now VIP is now in charge, make
    it better for us. Keep us safe. Its like a company a new Manager get hired go make things better. Not to blame the old one..
    • yo lie (10/07/2024, 09:06) Like (1) Dislike (12) Reply
  • tola (10/07/2024, 06:07) Like (16) Dislike (0) Reply
    To be honest it getting sickenimg cause over ten years and the road still ah mess , still having water problems. I don't know what kind of poltican we have in the BVI. Some of you all love talk about island people trust me they better than us. Them country ten times better and better road .
  • People don’t be fooled (10/07/2024, 06:14) Like (29) Dislike (0) Reply
    NDP did the North Sound Road on VG more than a decade ago. That road stood up but now needs repair etc. This Minister always bragging that VG roads are the best when he did nothing to be able to claim this. Now ALL the roads in VG are in disrepair and NOTHING is being done Minister Rymer
  • The Commissioner (10/07/2024, 07:57) Like (16) Dislike (0) Reply
    Did we elect children in the HOuse of Assembly. Both parties ran on being able to fix the problems in the Territory and neither of them have delivered if we are being honest. But the blame game needs to stop and ithe Government of the day needs to deal with the infrastrastructural needs of the Territory. If they are unable or unwilling to do so please step down and give another set a chance. Please and thanks!
  • upset (10/07/2024, 08:35) Like (22) Dislike (0) Reply
    Stop pointing fingers and watching face. just fix the roads
  • Serious Business (10/07/2024, 10:07) Like (10) Dislike (0) Reply
    man look right i fed up long time tortola is tooooooo small to be looking like a 4th worl country... we in 2024 and behind!!! fix the damn place!! fix everything fix the roads expand the airport fix everythingggg we too smallllllllllll for this bs
  • NB (10/07/2024, 10:30) Like (11) Dislike (0) Reply
    When our leaders address the nation:
    1. “Them being in there, they get loans.."
    2. "I thank my wife for rubbing my head...."
    The grammar, the sentence structure, the tense. Is this how we do it? A perfect example for our younger people who will be on a professional podium someday thinking "aint nothing wrong with how I speak. The ministers duh do it"

    And the winner attitude of this administration **drumroll** It'ain't our fault, it was them (ndeepee)
  • E. Leonard (10/07/2024, 10:42) Like (11) Dislike (0) Reply
    “ Hon Rymer said adding that roads when done properly, would last at-least 25 years.” This is true and is a best case scenario. To approach attained this best base will require proper design, construction, periodic and as needed maintenance, proper drainage, etc. Let’s take a peek at a 20-year flexible pavement (asphalt) road. At approx the 7 year mark, a seal coat is applied. At the approx 15 year mark, the top surface is milled and an overlay applied. At the 30-year mark, the road is reconstructed. From year through the 20th year, crack sealing, other maintenance and repair are done as needed. Poor drainage, poor slope and crowning are contributors to premature road failures. The true, real, proper fix for a failed road is reconstruction. Just overlaying a failed road is only a temporary fix and throwing good money at bad. One way of ascertaining if a road has failed is conducting a Pavement Condition Index(PCI) analysis.The range of PCI numbers starts 0 the worst and 100 the best.

    Moreover, concrete ( fix pavement) cost more to construct but less to maintain. Asphalt cost less to construct but more to maintain. Typically, it comes down to economics.
    • Stealth (10/07/2024, 12:08) Like (8) Dislike (1) Reply
      To E. Leonard, you have been writing about roads for years and nothing changed . So are you over simplifying the process? If it were simple as you stating, government should be doing roads better, should it not? In any event, the things you are saying about maintenance, drainage, slope,,etc are spot on. Successive governments have wasted tens of millions on roads and we are no better off. Each government blames the previous one and the blame game goes on, while motorists operating cost goes , up and up from the bad roads.. Vi motorist are sick and tired of being sick and tired of the bad roads, the blame game, the excuses.,When out of power politicians have the fix for every problem but in power nothing gets done, they are a flop. Fix the damn roads.
  • @ E LEONARD ? (10/07/2024, 12:09) Like (5) Dislike (3) Reply
  • smh (10/07/2024, 13:23) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
    I’m starting to question Natalio and Kye’s intelligence.
  • Anonymous (10/07/2024, 14:23) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
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  • Anonymous (10/07/2024, 14:28) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
  • Hmmmm (10/07/2024, 14:50) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    The have a mechanic paving road what the he'll he know about paving road.... this minista trying to blame people for his own down fall.... Brin in experts and stop wasting tax payers money
  • a sick of all a dem (12/07/2024, 14:10) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    I'm so sick of this NDP, VIP story. If you feel so passionate that someone else did wrong why is it ok for you to follow the same pattern that you so passionately detest? All of you no clue, no solution having, blame game educated idiots, need to get put in a barrel together and roll down a hill and I hope you hit a pot hole on your way down. two wrongs don't make it right and if the only representation we getting from these elected officials is to point a finger and say he/she did it too then how are we moving forward.

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