WMA cleaning sewer system along Queen Mary Highway

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The V.I. Waste Management Authority has begun cleaning the sewer collection system in the area of the V.I. Superior Court on St. Croix.

Work inspecting and cleaning the sewer lines began about 1 p.m. Wednesday along Queen Mary Highway and is scheduled to continue today, starting at 8:30 a.m. by the Superior Court and continuing toward the East Airport Road intersection until midnight.

The traffic flow in the area will be reduced to one lane to allow for the crew and equipment to perform the tasks.

As a result of the sewer-line cleaning, the Superior Court will remain closed today and Friday.

The sewer cleaning is part of the efforts to mitigate the intermittent odor that has been affecting the court and Central High School.

The work entails opening manholes in the area, and venting of the manholes can cause some temporary release of odors, according to a statement issued Wednesday by the Waste Management Authority.

The agency is recommending that persons with impacted immune systems or respiratory systems avoid the area until the work has been completed.

With the additional closures of Superior Court, Presiding Judge Michael Dunston said the Traffic and Litter Court will be at 9 a.m. today at the Almeric L. Christian Federal Building and U.S. Courthouse (District Court), located at No. 3013 Estate Golden Rock. Advice-of-rights hearings and arraignments will be at 9 a.m. Friday at the District Court, in addition to previously calendared matters before the Honorable Judge Harold W. L. Willocks and the Honorable Magistrate Miguel Camacho.

Juror orientation originally scheduled for Tuesday has been rescheduled to 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. April 4. Juror selection, scheduled before the Honorable Judge Douglas A. Brady, has been continued until further notice.

For more information about the sewer-line cleaning, contact the Waste Management Authority at 715-9110 or 690-4218 or by email at communications@viwma.org.

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