Upgrade Dutch Quarter in the works

POSTED: 08/26/11 12:35 PM

St. Maarten – With €4.7 million in funding from the tenth European Development fund and additional funding from the government, the Dutch Quarter district will get a much needed upgrade of its sewage and infrastructure facilities. Residents will have to be patient though, because the execution of the plan will not start before the third quarter of next year, and completion will take an estimated one to one and a half year.
Yesterday three companies submitted their technical proposals for the project to the head of the New Works department, ir. Kurt Ruan. These proposals will be evaluated on their merit and quality. Financial bids will follow in a public tender scheduled for April or May next year. The three companies that submitted technical proposals are GEO Infra BV, Lievense consultants and Dorus International Consultants. The latter company is currently working as supervisor of the infrastructural upgrade project in Middle Region.
Currently contractors are working on the upgrade of the main drain in Dutch Quarter. The new project includes sewage lines, street lights and underground cabling. Ruan said that the project will be executed in phases, and that the areas in most need of upgrades, like Gibbs Drive, Garden of Eden and Richardson Drive, are at the top of the list. The project also includes the installation of a new gravity sewage line under the main road, and resurfacing of this road that is currently in very bad condition. The district will also get a new water tank that will be installed on the top of Mount William Hill.
Ruan said that it makes little sense to patch up the road during the wet season so the current potholes will be around for still quite some time.

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