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VG Airport Update

Thursday, May 20. Permanent Secretary in the Premier’s Office Mrs. Rosalie Adams said she is pleased that the firm Jaca and Sierra Testing Laboratories, Inc. has completed this first phase which comprises the field work. – Demobilising works are underway following the completion of the first phase of the geotechnical survey on the Virgin Gorda Airport Development Project.

“With this first phase completed, it propels the advancement of the other two phases of the work. The information gathered during the field work phase is the first step towards completing the geo-technical survey as the samples will now be tested signalling the beginning of phase two. This is crucial as the results will aid in the design of the runway,” Mrs. Adams said.

Initial reports indicate that beneath the earth’s surface there was less rock density than anticipated which aided in the execution of the field works. A total of three trial pits, five bore holes and 13 boulder coils were drilled and dug successfully to facilitate the collection of samples of the various materials.

Jaca and Sierra Testing Laboratories, Inc. will now conduct laboratory tests and perform an analysis on the collected samples before submitting a report on its findings to government. The findings will help determine the choice of materials, fill, depth, reinforcement and structural design needed for an updated airstrip facility at the Virgin Gorda Airport. The submittal of the report to the government will represent the final phase of the geotechnical survey.

On March 26, the government signed a $120,487.50 contract with the firm Jaca and Sierra Testing Laboratories, Inc. to undertake a geotechnical survey.

The purpose of the survey was to test and determine the condition of the soil, sand and the surrounding water table in the vicinity of the airport. The firm will also establish the soil usability for filling the sea in the reclamation phase of the project.

Government is steadfast in its commitment to create a modern airport on Virgin Gorda as they reinforce their commitment to improve the Territory’s

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