The Minister of Public Infrastructure in St. Kitts and Nevis, Mr. Ian Liburd, has confirmed the government is preparing to move forward with planned upgrades to the main road in St. Kitts.

Mr. Liburd confirmed the news of the road resurfacing at a town hall meeting on November 5 at Edgar T. Morris Primary School.

Mr. Cromwell Williams, the Director of the Public Works Department, said that in May 2017 ADeB Consultants were contracted to conduct a road condition survey on the island.

This survey required the consultants to walk the length of the road, take measurements of its width, and consider alignment issues relating to corners and drivers’ abilities to negotiate them.

The last time the main road was resurfaced was approximately 20 years ago.

“We also will be looking at how we can improve some of the drainage features of the road so that when we have heavy rainfall for instance, we won’t have the ponding of water on the road, which can be a major safety risk to users of the road,” Mr. Williams stated.

An inspection of bridges across St. Kitts is included as part of this project to ensure that they remain structurally sound to accommodate the growing number of vehicles that use them frequently.

Mr. Liburd said the project is expected to cost more than $60 million and will be carried out in phases over a two year period.

Works are tentatively scheduled for 2018.