Minister of Infrastructure and Water Management Cora van Nieuwenhuizen working in the backhoe under instruction of contractor Ronald Courtar.
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Minister of Infrastructure Cora van Nieuwenhuizen and other officials inspecting the Cherry Tree Road Project.
- EUSTATIUS–Minister of Infrastructure and Water Management Cora van Nieuwenhuizen inspected the Cherry Tree Road Project on Tuesday.
The minister, Government Commissioner Marcolino Franco, Deputy Government Commissioner Mervyn Stegers, Acting Island Secretary Malvern Dijkshoorn-Lopes, Hilda Doek and Carel Stol of contractor Koop Caribbean, contractor Ronald Courtar of Alvin R. Courtar Construction NV and other officials toured the area and it was explained to them what the road project entails.
At one point the minister hopped into a backhoe and did a little work after Courtar provided her with some instruction on how to manoeuvre the heavy machinery.
The road project is part of the Reconstruction Programme for St. Eustatius 2017-2019. Cherry Tree Road is one of the first roads that will be tackled as part of a larger project the government plans to undertake in the near future.
Many of the roads in Cherry Tree are unpaved dirt roads that develop into hazards whenever heavy rains descend, confronting persons who venture in the area with undetectable large holes as well as mud pits. The loose dirt in the area also poses health problems to those who suffer from asthma or other health problems.
Undergrounding cabling will be installed thanks to a partnership between the public entity St. Eustatius and the 11th European Development Fund.
A drainage system and other measures will also be put in place to help stem erosion, which Statia is trying to combat on a larger scale. Sidewalks to accommodate pedestrians will also be placed to increase safety.
Work has started on Olive V. Patrick Road and George F. Cruger Road. The project is expected to encompass an area of approximately 1.2 kilometres.