The Antigua Public Utilities Authority’s (APUA) street lighting project that is now underway will affect the smooth flow of traffic on the Friars Hill Road until mid-December.
The approximately six-week timeline was given by APUA’s Project Implementation Management Unit (PIMU) which is leading efforts to upgrade the country’s street light network.
Following complaints from the public of poor lighting in some communities and on major roads, the government instructed the utilities company to address the problem urgently.
While the work is being completed, there will be interruptions to the flow of traffic and road users are being asked to proceed with caution when using the Friars Hill Road.
“The street lighting project engineers have said that work in Lot 1 (phase one) on Sir George Walter Highway progressed according to schedule and attention will now be placed on Lot 2 (phase two) for the construction of concrete bases along the edges of Friars Hill Road.
“A total of seventy-five concrete bases will be constructed along the edges of the highway. EdCon has been awarded the contract for the Lot 2 works,” a PIMU statement outlined.
Seven hundred lights are to be installed across the country. Approximately 200 will be solar powered. The remainder will be connected to APUA’s electrical grid.
An additional 1000 lights have been ordered and are expected to arrive in the country before the end of the year, however they will not be installed until early 2023.