Update on Material Transport for Airport Renovation Project

The Public Entity has received messages from concerned citizens about the transport of materials in preparation for the renovation of the airport runway. The Ministry responsible for the execution of this project has been informed about the concerns and is currently discussing the matter with the contractor.

The renovation of the airport runway is a large and logistically challenging project. The materials required for the project need to be transported from the quarry in the harbour to the airport. For efficiency, the contractor is using two large dump trucks for this work. The Public Entity asks the community for their understanding during the coming month in which the remaining transport is scheduled. The contractor is required to have all necessary materials for repaving the runway, with the exception of water, ready and stored at the airport before the renovation works start, in order to minimize the risk of delays. This means transport with the dump trucks is scheduled to be finalized ultimately September 10th, when the airport closes and the construction works start.

Transport is done during the hours in which the quarry at the harbor is open, between 7:30 in the morning and 4 in the afternoon. Because of the limited time frame, transport has to continue throughout these hours in order to maintain the project schedule. However, the contractor has been informed not to schedule any transport movements on Friday afternoon August 3rd, because of the extra service in Zion’s Hill church.

Transport is always done by two dump trucks at a time, escorted by a car or truck in front with its hazard lights on, to ensure incoming traffic is informed. For traffic safety, it is important that the two trucks stay together on their route. Therefore, the public is requested not to come in between the two trucks. Also, the public is advised not to drive too closely behind the trucks. For some turns, the trucks have to back up a bit. Throughout the coming weeks the Public Entity will send regular updates on the airport project and on the progress of transport of materials.

 

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