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Saturday, July 20, 2024


The Christiansted boardwalk project had its second groundbreaking in just over a year Friday.
Gov. Charles Turnbull and local business officials gathered in downtown Christiansted to kick off work on the $1.7 million boardwalk extension. Former Gov. Roy Schneider held a groundbreaking for the project just prior to the election last year. The project, however, never began.
Work on the downtown harborside walkway was to have begun in mid-October after the active part of hurricane season passed. But a spate of storms, including Hurricane Lenny, pushed the project back until next week, according to the Department of Public Works.
DPW Commissioner Harold Thompson said the $1.7 million project would be funded by the Federal Highway Administration. The contractor is R&R Caribbean.
The construction contract provides for a six-month project, though Thompson said he hoped to have it completed sooner.
In July, the Senate Committee on Planning and Environmental Protection approved a Coastal Zone Management permit for Phase 1 of the boardwalk project, which will extend the walkway from where it ends in King’s Alley 1,450 feet west toward the Holger Danske Hotel.
Phase 2 would extend the boardwalk from the Holger Danske to the seaplane building near Watergut. A Government House official has said the design for the second phase is about 90 percent complete and close to the point of submitting it for funding.
As for the start of Phase 1, St. Croix businessman Don Seiner said the project is a welcome, albeit long-awaited, addition to downtown.
"It’s been a long time coming and a lot of people didn’t think it would happen," Seiner said. "Our government needs to focus on moving projects through a little bit faster than almost stop."

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