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WAPA Continues Midland Underground Project

Virgin Islands Water and Power Authority

The Virgin Islands Water and Power Authority would like to advise the public that beginning on May 2, road construction activities will resume on the Midland Road (Route 663) from the Melvin H. Evans Highway to the Queen Mary Highway.

Motorists are advised to exercise extreme caution in those areas as portions of the south-bound lane may be closed off to traffic, and full road closure may occur often. Flaggers will be on site to assist with traffic control.

The purpose of the road closure is to allow WAPA’s contractor, VI Paving, to install underground electrical conduits in order to transition the existing overhead service to be underground.

This is one of several federally funded undergrounding projects territory wide. Customers can expect widespread undergrounding projects in the upcoming years. Undergrounding the electrical grid will minimize damage from windstorms and ensure more efficient post-storm service restoration. Once completed, underground electrical service will be provided to Central High School and other critical facilities along the route. Provisions are also being made for future expansion into lateral streets.

The initial road closures will occur between the entrances at Cruz Street and Saldana Street along the Midland Road. Headed south, traffic will be detoured down Cruz Street, Colon Street, Saldana Street, and then back onto Midland Road, and then in the opposite direction when headed north. The road closures will occur from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., daily.

Further traffic updates will be provided as construction activities progress.

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