May 11, 2005 - It is anticipated that completion of
original contracted work will be turned over to the
client four months ahead of schedule. Notice to proceed
for the Strand Street underground utilities was issued
April 13, 2005 and materials are currently being purchased.
Ground breaking for this phase is scheduled for the
first or second week of May. To avoid unnecessarily
inconveniencing the traveling public, the roadwork will
be done in sections, each one taking approximately one
month to complete. A great deal of coordination will
be required but no major problems are anticipated.
Upgrade to the facilities at the Pier
includes two major buildings, one of which will include
public restroom facilities, office space and an emergency
generator. Restroom facilities will not only serve the
cruise passengers but also will be available during
major park and pier activities and festivals.
A new Port Authority building
as proposed will contain office space for Port Authority
personnel while providing necessary separation between
the public and the more secure seaward side of the Pier.
The proposal to include a lighthouse structure on the
Pier will create a welcoming landmark of great interest
to tourists and other visitors, visually differentiating
Frederiksted from any other destination in the Caribbean.
It is anticipated that the review and approval of the
proposed buildings and upgrades will be completed sometime
in May 2005. All additional work in this regard will
be completed no later than February 2006.