The Road Town sewerage system project has been completed after undergoing extensive rehabilitation works.

Deputy Premier and Minister for Communication and Works Honourable Kye Rymer confirmed the completion of the project in a statement to 284News today Wednesday, August 17.

He said, “The project which was expected to be completed within 2-3 weeks was completed within the stated time frame; this is in spite of all of the unexpected utilities that were discovered during the course of the works.”

“The team worked very closely with the various utility companies and got past the various issues without delaying the project and without causing any damage to the utility companies’ infrastructure,” he added.

Minister Rymer also revealed that his team is now finalizing all of the necessary documentation as well as rehabilitating a culvert on Fleming Street, next to Rite Way Food Market.

“This is not a part of the project; however, it was damaged as it was not expected to be in that area. The rehabilitation works are expected to be completed by the end of next week,” he stated.

Completion in line with HOA projection

The news of the completion of the project comes weeks after Minister Rymer made an announcement in the House of Assembly during a July 21 sitting.

At the time of his statement, he said the works which are being conducted on upper Main Street and Fleming Street were at fifty percent completion.

He said, “This project is slated to be completed in about two to three weeks. I am happy to inform this Honourable House that this project is halfway towards completion. This new pipework will facilitate the increase in sewerage that is expected to emanate from the Social Security housing project on Jose Hill and other newly constructed commercial and residential buildings in the area.”

Burt Point treatment plant to be functional in 2023

Minister Rymer also spoke to some of the other repairs slated for treatment plants in Road Town, adding that the Burt Point plant will be back up and running in early 2023.

“The main pump station in the vicinity of the roundabout will also be upgraded with brand new sewerage pumps and other necessary equipment to effectively move the sewerage from the central catchment area to the treatment plant in Burt Point which will be brought back on line in the first quarter of 2023. The contract to commence the necessary repairs will be signed later this month between the Government and BiWater,” he explained.

EE/LL Sewerage repair update

The deputy premier also provided the House of Assembly with an update on the works being carried out on the East End/Long Look Sewerage project.

He said, “The benching and sealing of the manholes are just about completed and installation of the laterals is expected to commence later this week. The works on the upgrade of the EE/LL sewerage system continues with the installation of the sewer line commencing at the Sticket and terminating on the main road in the vicinity of the bus stop in Fat Hogs Bay.”

Repairs will come with growing pains

Rymer also warned residents that the improvements unfortunately will come with some “growing pains”.

“I refer specifically to the disruption in the traffic flow and the potholes created as a result of uncovering manholes and other relevant connection points, as we go about this work. You can be assured that we will do everything in our reach to minimize these inconveniences by engaging in a robust road reinstatement program. In the midst of it, I ask for the understanding and patience of the residents of the East End/Long Look (EE/LL) communities and everyone who traverse these areas,” Rymer stated. 

Minister Rymer also spoke about the recently commissioned wastewater treatment plant in Cane Garden Bay.

He said the completion of that project was the first phase of greater plans to upgrade the sewerage network system in the area.

The second phase he said will upgrade the sewerage network bringing the influent to the plant, adding that it is expected to commence in the first quarter of 2023.