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ROAD CLOSURE AROUND WAPA POWER PLANT ON ST. THOMAS SATURDAY

(Friday, February 27, 2015)

ROAD CLOSURE AROUND WAPA POWER PLANT ON ST. THOMAS SATURDAY AS WORK BEGINS TO RESTORE ROAD SURFACES

With the movement of the ten propane storage tanks now complete, the Virgin Islands Water and Power Authority will begin a process to restore the roadways along the tank movement route to their original state.

WAPA Executive Director Hugo V. Hodge, Jr. said Friday that the final two 300-ton tanks were repositioned from Crown Bay to the propane storage terminal without incident earlier today. “We have arranged for one of VITOL’s subcontractors on the project, Grade All Construction, to begin the process of removing the metal plates and fill material that was used to sure up the roads for the tank movement over the last two weeks.”

Beginning at 7 a.m. Saturday, the roadway that begins at the bottom of Sara Hill adjacent to the Best Western Emerald Beach resort entrance and acts as a back entrance to the power plant will be closed to vehicular traffic for several hours. “During this period, Grade-All will restore the roadways, reinstall street signs, lane dividers and meridians that were removed for the process. They will also dig out the fill material that was placed on some roadsides and on paths that were created to accommodate the tank movement,” Hodge said. He cautioned that traffic will not be allowed past the PUMA fuel terminal during the road closure with the exception of persons doing business with Antilles Gas.

“We will work closely with the VIPD Traffic Bureau to coordinate this closure and regulate the traffic flow as is needed to ensure that the work gets done in a timely manner,” Hodge said.

Hodge also heaped praise today on the cadre of volunteers that have come out each day of the movement operation to assist with traffic control and other duties. “This group, which consisted of our own WAPA employees, has gone beyond the call of duty to assist. They came out at 5 a.m. each day to allow for the mobilization to take shape and they returned to their respective work locations at 8 a.m. to carry out their day to day duties for WAPA. I cannot thank these fine men and women of WAPA enough for their assistance every step of the way.” He also expressed appreciation to the men and women of the VIPD Traffic Bureau, St. Thomas Rescue and Innovative Telephone which all assisted during the tank movement operation.

Hodge said work will continue by VITOL on the propane conversion project to ready the Randolph Harley power plant in Krum Bay to utilize LPG as an alternate source of fuel in the generation of electricity by the summer months as was projected two years ago when this WAPA game changer was launched. He said work is also progressing on St. Croix as regards the propane conversion. The project there is running about six to eight weeks ahead of the St. Thomas conversion initiative.
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