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PERMITS SOUGHT FOR ROAD WIDENING, DRAINAGE

June 18, 2003 – The Public Works Department has submitted applications for major Coastal Zone Management permits for two federal highway projects on St. Thomas – widening of Long Bay Road and extension of the Ninth Street drainage system.
Widening Long Bay Road to four lanes from the current two "is part of the high-priority congestion relief objective of our main corridor" in downtown St. Thomas, Public Works Commissioner Wayne Callwood said in a release.
He said the area involved is between the Lovers Lane intersection and the main entrance to Havensight Mall, going through Mandela Circle. Also as part of the project, he said, the two-lane portion of Centerline Road (also known as Estate Thomas road) between First Avenue and Mandela Circle will be converted to three lanes.
The Ninth Street drainage extension is the final phase of the drainage system, Callwood said. The work will entail construction of "a closed-box culvert outfall from the south edge of Long Bay Road to the ocean, which will help facilitate the proposed development of the Yacht Haven site," he said.

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