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Week #3 Update: Charlotte Amalie Hazard Mitigation Project Continues on Norre Gade and Moves to Raadets Gade Thursday

(Sunday, February 24, 2013)

The Virgin Islands Water and Power Authority

NEWS RELEASE

Contact:  Cassandra Dunn, Director of Corporate Communications

340-773-2250 extension 4085 or 340-690-5758

www.viwapa.vi

 

Week #3 Update:  Charlotte Amalie Hazard Mitigation Project Continues on Norre Gade

and Moves to Raadets Gade Thursday

 

The Virgin Islands Water and Power Authority’s Charlotte Amalie Hazard Mitigation Project to install underground electric lines in downtown St. Thomas will be located in several areas during construction Week #3.  

 

  • Monday to Saturday, February 25 to March 2, Island Roads Corporation will excavate in the area of the Memorial Moravian Church on Norre Gade from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily.  Two-lane traffic will be maintained and motorists will be guided by flaggers and road signs.  Work will be suspended during heavy traffic periods.
  • Installation of duct banks and transformer pads in the vicinity of the Alvaro DeLugo Post Office and in Hibiscus Alley will continue with no traffic detours necessary.
  • From Thursday night, February 28 until Sunday, March 17, Raadets Gade (also known as “Crazy Cow Street”) will be closed to vehicular traffic from Dronningens Gade (Main St) south to the building where Foot Locker and R&J’s Island Latte are located near the waterfront.  Pedestrians will be able to walk safely in all areas to access shops and restaurants.
  • On Friday March 1, from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., heavy equipment and a pre-fabricated manhole will be positioned on Raadets Gade and the construction area will be fenced to allow for foot traffic.
  • On Friday to Sunday nights, March 1-3, from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m., there will be heavy equipment excavation and the installation of the manhole on Raadets Gade.

Construction weeks  #4 & #5

  • From March 4-17, trenching and installing of electrical conduits on Raadets Gade will be scheduled from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily. Every effort will be made to minimize inconvenience to residents, business owners and visitors to the area during this phase of the underground project.

 

The Authority will continue to update the public about construction schedules as work progresses through the various phases. Updates about traffic detours or schedule changes are available from vialert.gov,   viwapa.vi, 1855VI services.com,  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 or 340 643-7697.

 

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.