Member of Parliament for Long Island Adrian Gibson and Minister of Public Works Desmond Bannister yesterday signed a contract for more than $1 million to pave and develop Columbus Monument Road and the surrounding monument site on Long Island, which they hope will help to boost tourism on the island.
This comes as investors prepare to begin a development called Port St. George, worth $1.6 billion, and as public infrastructure work being carried out on behalf of the Water and Sewerage Corporation to extend potable water to parts of the island that have never had it, recently began.
The paving of the Columbus Monument Road, along with the distribution of potable water to a number of settlements, are a part of Gibson’s ongoing plans to revitalize Long Island’s
infrastructure and economy.
“We look forward to the completion of the revamped (Columbus Monument) site, which I anticipate will be a significant boost to local entrepreneurship and Long Island’s heritage and tourism product,” Gibson said.
Apart from the already contracted and begun work to extend the central water distribution system from Turtle Cove to Clarence Town, and from Grays to Salt Pond, soon distribution in Simms will be extended to Millerton in the north and Wemyss in the south, which will be serviced by the reverse osmosis plant located in Simms, according to a WSC press statement.
The statement added: “As a first stage effort to bring similar relief to residents in the south, six high density polyethylene plastic water tanks, each with a capacity of 5,000 imperial gallons, were purchased and installed in several sparsely populated settlements south of Clarence Town to provide potable water service to these residents and added resilience during hurricane season, when roads may be impassable.
“Single standalone tanks are now installed in Roses, Mortimers and Berrys, such that customers in this region have access to potable water.”