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Wednesday, 22 May 2013 08:51

 

 

WILLEMSTAD — The implementation of the ‘leeway project blacktop’, which means blacktopping 300 kilometers of bad surface within three to five years, was signed yesterday afternoon at Koredor.The signing of the project took place at the entrance of Koredor, next to the fishermen’s huts, because the two contractors who were awarded the project – the Curaçaose Wegenbouw Maatschappij (CWM) and MNO-Vervat – will give this area a facelift free of charge. The area attracts numerous recreants, especially walkers. “The facelift of the area is a gift to the people of Curaçao and we hope to make this area attractive for cyclists and a beautiful place to enjoy a BBW”, said the Minister of Traffic, Transport and Regional Planning (VVRP), Earl Balborda (PNP).

 

With this project the ministry strives for a qualitative improvement of approx. 60 kilometers surface per year, Minister Balborda stated before the signing of the project.

He stated earlier that road maintenance was necessary considering only 10 kilometers had been resurfaced in the past years. The island gas 1153 kilometers of surface of which 300 (25%) is bad or very bad.

Areas requiring urgent road maintenance are: Julianabrug, Mercuriusstraat, Perseusweg, Cas Coraweg, the traffic circle of St. Rosaweg, the traffic circle of Brievengat near sports complex SDK and the road to the small fishing village St. Michiel. The minister explained about that a thorough study into the most sustainable option on asphalt of a high quality was done beforehand. The ‘mega project’ financed by public funds will offer employment for approx. 200 persons.

Independent parliamentarian Glenn Sulvaran, PNP-leader/parliamentarian Humphrey Davelaar, and Ronald Philipse, the area-manager of Janssen de Jong Caribbean – parent company of CWM – were among those who attended the signing of the project. That the two large contractors MNO Vervat and CWM, who are usually competitors as regards projects, combined forces is remarkable.