Maintenance crew fixes Manzanilla Street

POSTED: 11/25/12 8:20 PM

St. Maarten – Residents of lower Back Street were relieved on Thursday morning when the Department of Infrastructure Management and Maintenance began working on Manzanilla Street. The street runs between Cannegieter and Back Street in the vicinity of the Kary Guest House, which was recently gutted by fire.
Workers had to remove pitch and light asphalt that had been placed on Manzinilla Street to resurface the road, more than a month ago. Although the resurfacing made it easier for motorists and pedestrians to use the street, it was not done symmetrically with Back Street. The end product was Manzanilla Street being a few feet higher than Back Street resulting in rain water settling in the area instead of flowing all the way to the Great Salt Pond.

The situation was brought to Today’s attention by residents in the area and we published an article, along with a photograph of a flooded Back Street on Tuesday. Within two days, Public Works crews were in the area to level Manzanilla Street. A few people that we spoke to in the area yesterday said that the small alteration will make a world of difference and restore the area, even if they experience heavy rainfall.
Crew members are expected to return next week to complete the resurfacing activity.

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