The effort to improve Montserrat's Road networks continues in earnest in the North of the island.
Having done several extensive road works over the past months, the Ministry of Communications, Works, Energy and Labour (MCWEL) is presently engaged in road rehabilitation and improvement works in the Barzey’s and Judy Piece communities on Montserrat.
Much work has been done before on different sections of the Barzey's road to remove problematic areas of the road and also make the road safe for vehicular traffic
The Honouarble Minister, Paul J. Lewis gave an insight, that the work in Barzey's is being done in stages and includes constructing retaining walls in certain sections, also road widening and a bridge installation.
Rawlson Patterson, Civil Engineer within the Ministry stated about the road works in the Barzey's area; “There is a lot of land slippage happening in this area and it is one of the main bypass roads which gives access to the north and especially to our key infrastructures, such as the Hospital, Airport and the Port.”
He went on to say; “It is important that we construct retaining walls here and apart from that it helps with the widening of the road as it allows for safe access for pedestrians and motorists.”
These Road works are being financed by Montserrat Priority Infrastructure Needs Project.
Hon Mr. Lewis stated, “We negotiated an infrastructure priority project for roughly $EC20 million, over three (3) years, and this particular piece of work on the Barzey’s main road is funded from the Infrastructure Priority fund.”
Apart from the road works in the Barzey’s area, the Ministry is also undertaking works in the Judy Piece community. Excavation works are currently taking place on a portion of road in Judy Piece, as part of a wider project which began in the area to provide proper drainage and road access. Minister Lewis said once the budget is passed, the portion of road being excavated will be completed and will conclude the road works in the Judy Piece community.
Mr. Patterson further pointed out that it is important for communities to have roads that are resilient to storms and other events. He also explained that the Judy Piece project entails drainage work and constructing concrete roads that will link back to the main road.