St. Maarten Prime Minister tours causeway

POSTED: 12/13/13 5:16 PM

St. Maarten – The Harbor Group of Companies organized an information session at the Simpson Bay Causeway yesterday at the request of Prime Minister Sarah Wescot-Williams. She was joined by the Préfet Délégué of Saint Martin and St. Barths, Philippe Chopin, Harbor CEO Mark Mingo, and harbor board members Renald Williams, Humphrey Mezas and Jason Rogers, and by representatives of contractor Volker Stevin Caribbean NV.

The party took a tour of the causeway that  started with a presentation by Mark Mingo about the project’s state of affairs and the management of the Simpson Bay Lagoon. Following rumors that are circulating on social media, the Prime Minister asked if there were any structural issues with the bridge or any issues that would delay the opening of the bridge. Mingo said that any large construction project goes through a period of settling and there are no problems with the bridge.

The party walked across the bridge and the Prime Minister had the opportunity to open the swing bridge from the operating room, followed by presentations about the environmental measures taken during and after the building of the causeway and the environmental management of the Simpson Bay Lagoon.

Wescot-Williams said that both sides of the island should be proud of a project of this size and thanked the harbor, SLAC and all stakeholders for bringing it to a successful completion. “I would like to express my thanks at seeing the project being brought to a successful conclusion and the opening of the causeway to happen within a very short time. This project is an example in the region in terms of planning and execution and I am sure that the whole community of both sides of our island will look forward to the official grand opening,” the prime minister said.


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