The Department of Public Works is currently in the process of installing and making repairs to 10 traffic intersections on St. Croix and nine on St. Thomas.
All traffic materials have been ordered and are on island for the seven Queen Mary (Centerline Road) Intersections. The attached pictures show the ongoing repairs on St. Croix. As for the three intersections on the Melvin Evans Highway, the traffic signals have arrived on island, but the traffic pole orders are not expected until July.
Federal Highway Program Manager Jomo McClean says the backlog is due to several reasons. âOur previous supplier went out of business last year, so we were forced to find a new supplier on short notice,â said McClean. âIt normally takes several months to receive traffic signals and poles from the date of order. That time frame has been doubled and, in some cases, tripled due to the storms. Weâre not the only place ordering traffic infrastructure, so thatâs exacerbated the wait even more.â
On St. Thomas, all traffic materials have been ordered for the nine intersections. Based on the manufacturerâs schedule, they should begin arriving on island the first week of April 2018. In the meantime, Public Works personnel are using on hand resources territory-wide to temporarily restore traffic signals, allowing for safe driving through intersections.
The Department of Public Works, through its partner Eastern Federal Lands Highway Division, is also in the process of executing two additional Letter Contracts. This will allow for the installation/repairs to another 20 intersections between St. Croix and St. Thomas. Contractors have already submitted their proposals and will proceed with the negotiation process in the coming week. This process is expected to end on April 4, 2018. Orders will be placed immediately after the contracts have been finalized. Funding for these repairs were provided by the Federal Highway Administration Emergency Repair Program.