PHILIPSBURG– Upgrading work on Front Street will begin on Monday, October 30.
The main part of the work will entail removal of all bricks, to be replaced with asphalt in the same fashion as the recently completed Back Street project.
Minister of Tourism, Economic Affairs, Transport and Telecommunication (TEATT) Mellissa Arrindell-Doncher announced on Thursday that the bricks on Front Street have always presented maintenance issues for Government, with constant erosion of the sand beneath causing dangerous dips in the road.
The unevenness of the bricks was also a discussion point on Tripadvisor last year after a tourist fell after mis-stepping in such a dip. The road has also been undermined in some areas after the passing of hurricane Irma.
With cruise vessels now expected in December, the Minister wants to use the opportunity to kick off the work to have it completed in time. The first phase to start on Monday will be from Pasanggrahan Hotel down to the Courthouse, she said Thursday.
Front Street will remain accessible to emergency vehicles at all times and pedestrians are asked to exercise caution when walking along the sidewalks while the work is being carried out. Work starts at 7:00am.
Source: The Daily Herald https://www.thedailyherald.sx/islands/70476-teatt-to-start-front-street-phase-resurfacing-monday