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WEEK #2 Update: St. Thomas Night Work Scheduled for Thursday to Sunday

(Wednesday, February 20, 2013)

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

WEEK #2 Update: Night Work Scheduled for Thursday to Sunday
on the Charlotte Amalie Hazard Mitigation Project

From Thursday to Sunday, February 21-24, the Virgin Islands Water and Power Authority and Island Roads Corporation will perform nightly excavation work from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. in the area of Hibiscus Alley and Dronnigens Gade (Main Street), connecting conduits into existing manholes. Fortress Electric Company will also be installing underground high voltage power lines from the Lutheran Church at Norre Gade to Hibiscus Alley at Dronnigens Gade from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. Nightly excavation work in the area of the A. De Lugo Post Office at Norre Gade is also continuing this week.
There will be one traffic lane available in the area with minimal interruptions anticipated as cars will be able to safely pass the construction sites. Pedestrian traffic will not be affected. Motorists are asked to observe traffic directions for the safety of the work crews, pedestrians and other drivers.

The Authority will continue to update the public about construction schedules as work progresses through the various phases. Residents are urged to register at WAPA’s portal at www.vialert.gov, for updates about traffic detours or schedule changes. Information is also available on WAPA’s website at www.viwapa.vi and on the Authority’s Facebook page. For inquiries about the project, email communications@viwapa.vi or call (340) 773-2250 ext. 4085 or 2050, or (340) 690-5758.

WAPA extends appreciation to the public for its understanding while the utility works to improve service reliability in downtown Charlotte Amalie.


BACKGROUND INFORMATION
The downtown Charlotte Amalie Hazard Mitigation Project, scheduled for completion in June 2013, is a critical component of WAPA’s larger underground mitigation plan for the Virgin Islands. It is federally funded at $1.6 million and requires a cost share between the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and WAPA for a total price tag of $2.9 million. WAPA’s portion of the cost is funded by customer payments into the Self-Insurance and Hazard Mitigation Fund. This was established in 1994 to help minimize the potential impact of natural disasters on the electrical system and to initiate immediate restoration of the system should there be a delay or absence of federal funds during disaster restoration. The customer surcharge was eliminated in February 2006 when the fund reached its approved limit of $8 million.
WAPA currently has several undergrounding projects in construction on St. Croix. On St. Thomas and St. Croix, underground lines reliability serve customers from the power plants to the hospitals and the airports.


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