The Ministry of Public Infrastructure has set itself a July 27, 2016 deadline for the completion of the Dennis Street project in the Sophia community.
The commitment came after residents launched a noisy protest on Tuesday over the dust pollution associated with the construction of the roadway.
Minister within the Ministry of Infrastructure, Annette Ferguson, met with the residents during their protest along Dennis Street and listened to their concern over the dust pollution and other problems associated wit the road works.
As an immediate solution to the dust pollution issue, the Ministry has started to constantly soak the road to alleviate the effects of the dust. The soaking of the road is expected to continue everyday until the project is completed.
Additionally, the residents, who included councillors from the Sophia representative group, also indicated their willingness to have the road closed, from ‘C’ Field to ‘D’ Field, to facilitate its construction. It was agreed that the closure of this stretch would minimise interruption to works to facilitate the accelerated road works.
According to the Ministry, “the project was initially scheduled to be completed in mid-May, following the completion of approximately 300 metres of timber revetment. However, during the deep patching and scarifying phase, it was discovered that there were extensive foundation issues.”