The Project Implementation Management Unit (PIMU) in the Ministry of Works will host two stakeholder consultations at the Multipurpose Cultural Centre to provide updates on the ongoing road rehabilitation project.
Representatives from the Ministry of Works, Antigua Public Utilities Authority (APUA), the PIMU team, an engineering consultant and a representative of the contractor will be a part of a panel to allow residents and business owners within the area to voice their concerns.
Shawn Thomas, Communication Specialist within the Ministry of Works, said the objective is to provide the public with updates to the Friars Hill Road and Sir George Walter Highway projects.
“The objective is to give the public an opportunity to get updates on matters relating to the projects and to create a forum for dialogue between the [representatives] and persons who utilize the road,” he said.
“It is important for the public to ask questions and have their grievances expressed.”
According to Project Coordinator Dennis Cudjoe, it was vital for the project team to “engage the stakeholders in a public forum [in] an interactive dialogue, because their input will be very beneficial at a time when we look towards project completion.”
Thomas also said he understood the frustrations of fellow road users on the Friars Hill Road – particularly the delay in traffic in some cases – and the stop-and-go traffic being implemented without prior notice.
He also cautioned road users against driving on the section of road currently being developed.
“While widening work continues to expand the cartway, it is not safe for road users to use that widened section where loose material is placed, as it causes dust to travel in the air,” he said, adding that drivers must be mindful of the safety of road workers, business operators and the general public.
Consultations on the Friars Hill Road will be held today at 6pm, while consultations on the Sir George Walter Highway will occur next week Wednesday at 6pm.
The £13.9 million Antigua and Barbuda Road Infrastructure Rehabilitation Project is financed by the United Kingdom Caribbean Infrastructure Partnership Fund (UKCIF) and administered by the Caribbean Development Bank.