Virgin Islands Paving begins major work on Melvin Evans Highway


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ST. CROIX - Motorists traversing on Melvin Evans Highway can expect some delays as a major road project began this week.

Public Works Commissioner Darryl Smalls said that a contract has been executed for the rehabilitation and resurfacing of a portion of Melvin Evans Highway, also known as Route 66.

He said the contract has been awarded to Virgin Islands Paving, Inc. and includes a stretch of the highway between Route 669 at the Roebuck Industrial Park traffic light to Route 64, East Airport Road.

Smalls said the project is expected to be finished by Oct. 20, 2014. The cost of the contract is just more than $5 million.

During the project, Smalls said motorists should expect to experience occasional single-lane and full-lane closures. The closures will not be constant, but will be undertaken periodically to facilitate construction, Smalls said.

He said temporary traffic plans and information will be shared with the public whenever lane closures are scheduled.

He reminded motorists and other individuals who may be using the highway to be sure to comply with signs and the directions of traffic control personnel.

On Thursday afternoon, road crews were busy on the highway about halfway along the stretch of road that covers just more than a mile. Orange road markers and flaggers guided motorists into one lane of the roadway on both sides of the highway as heavy equipment maneuvered on the shoulder of the road, sending dust flying high.

The one-lane transitions, however, did not slow traffic or create any problems in the area throughout the day.

Smalls said all efforts will be made to minimize any inconveniences from construction activities.

- Contact Fiona Stokes at 714-9149 or email fstokes@dailynews.vi.

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