By BVI Platinum News
Updated 4:46 AM AST, Thu May 12, 2022
(PLTM) - Works have commenced on the Carrot Bay Revetment Project to restore and reinforce the shoreline against any major changes that may be caused by natural elements.
Minister for Transportation, Works and Utilities Hon. Kye Rymer said the project started on May 9 and on completion will protect the shoreline from events such as hurricanes which bring heavy wind and wave action, sea surges and ground seas.
Hon. Rymer said, “The ministry has long recognised critical areas in need of coastal protection within the Territory. During the events of 2017, we saw the way floods and two category five hurricanes made the residents of Carrot Bay vulnerable where complete roadways were washed away.”
“Therefore, this project serves as a proactive response to ensure that the residents of Carrot Bay, coastal sea defense is equipped to protect the people not only of Carrot Bay, but, motorist, pedestrians and visitors that traverse the area in the face of climate change and rising sea levels,” Hon. Rymer added.
Meanwhile, Acting Director of the Public Works Department, Mr. Jeremy Hodge said the objective is to break the wave of the sea about 45 feet before coming onto the road way.
“We want to take the wall out a little further so that the wave will break before it comes to shore. We have within our designs access points, where there will be stairs and a pathway for access to the ocean,” Hodge said.
This first stage of the project is expected to last three months. This includes the placement of turbidity curtains; the construction of 500 feet of revetment; and the construction of the gravity wall and backfilling.
Residents are encouraged to adhere to all warning signs, notices and guidelines given by traffic personnel and visit the Government’s social media pages for current updates on this project.
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