Republic of China (Taiwan) to Contribute Significantly to Old Road Bay Rehabilitation Initiative

Basseterre, St. Kitts, June 03, 2019 (SKNIS): The Government of the Republic of China (ROC) Taiwan, continues to invest in the further development of St. Kitts and Nevis. The latest investment is the contribution it will make to the road infrastructure on the island.

During his monthly press conference on Wednesday, May 29, Prime Minister of St. Kitts and Nevis, Dr. the Honourable Timothy Harris, updated the general public on Taiwan’s intentions.

“The Republic of China (Taiwan) has pledged support for the historic Old Road Bay Rehabilitation Project which will enhance the safety and security of our road users and improve our socio-economic life,” said Prime Minister Harris.

He used the occasion to reflect on the inaugural visit to the Federation by His Excellency Dr. Jaushieh Joseph Wu, Taiwan’s Foreign Minister, stating that his visit “helped to further strengthen our bilateral relationships.”

Local company Rock and Dirt Ltd. is carrying out the comprehensive project that will result in a new 1.2 kilometre stretch of road being built. The design has a number of safety features to mitigate against falling rocks from the hillside and damage from the sea, which have both been known to occur especially during inclement weather.

The new road will be extended on the reclaimed land and be approximately 24 feet apart from the existing road. It will also be elevated some 15 feet above the current road and have guard rails on both sides. The seaside protection will include strong rock armouring featuring large 10 and 20 tonne boulders. The rock design is similar to the protection at Port Zante – the main port for cruise ships in St. Kitts.

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