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VITRAN ANNOUNCES ROUTE EXPANSION ON ST. THOMAS

April 26, 2021.

ST. THOMAS – The Department of Public Works (DPW) is happy to announce the expansion of its fixed-route services on St. Thomas. Effective April 26, VITRAN will expand Routes 301 and 601 to include Perimeter Road, which borders the Schneider Regional Medical Center. This route will contain the following stops: Lockhart School, Raphael O. Wheatley Skills Center, Royal Palms Professional Building, Foothills Professional Building, Celestino A. White Senior Home (both buildings), across from the Daily News, and the Paragon Building through to the Schneider Regional Medical Center.

“This is the first time VITRAN is expanding its route in over a decade,” said Commissioner Nominee Derek Gabriel. “We are excited to have the opportunity to give our seniors greater access with this new route.”

The schedule is as follows:

 Route 301 traveling West, will leave the VITRAN Terminal at 7:10 a.m., 11:10 a.m. and 05:10 p.m. Traveling East, the bus will leave Tutu Park Mall at 8 a.m., noon and 6:20 p.m.  Route 601 traveling West, will leave the VITRAN Terminal at 7 a.m., 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. Traveling East, the bus will leave Tutu Park Mall at 7:50 a.m., 11:50 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. See attached maps for routes.

“I want to commend and thank Commissioner Nominee Gabriel for his rapid response to my request for VITRAN bus service to the Sugar Estate Senior Center. This addition to the VITRAN routes provides a necessary and vital service for our senior residents of the facility and gives them an easier way to maintain their connection to the community,” Governor Albert Bryan Jr. said. “In addition to enhancing one of our premier senior living facilities in the Virgin Islands, this simple complement to the VITRAN service on St. Thomas reinforces the commitment the Bryan-Roach Administration has for our senior population, one of the most vulnerable and most valuable in the Territory.”

As the department continues to re-evaluate VITRAN’s routes to ensure they provide the best possible services to the community, they would like to notify the public that effective immediately, VITRAN will no longer service the Tutu High Rise Housing Community, also known as “Ras Valley”. This area, which was serviced by Route 301, was eliminated due to the demolition of buildings in that community. VITRAN will continue to service all bus stops on the Donoe Bypass and in the Hometown area. The bus will continue en route to the Tutu Park Mall, Eastbound only. Passengers at the Four Winds Plaza may use other VITRAN buses to Tutu Park Mall or to town.

“Although VITRAN is closing the Tutu High Rise Community route, we will continue our efforts in future planning, and work to better accommodate our ridership” said Deputy Commissioner of Transportation Karole Ovesen-McGregor.

VIWMA ADVISES COMMUNITY OF OVERFLOWING MANHOLE IN CHRISTIANSTED

(St. Croix, USVI) – 01/07/2021 - The Virgin Islands Waste Management Authority (VIWMA) advises the community and motorists to avoid the overflowing manhole in the downtown Christiansted area in/around the Boardwalk/intersection of Watergut Street and #1 King Cross Street near the Government Parking Lot.

Residents with compromised immune systems should avoid standing water in this area. Motorists are advised to use an alternate route while VIWMA is actively working with contractors to repair the issue.

 

 

TRAFFIC DIVERTED IN FRENCHTOWN FOR SEWER LINE REPAIR

December 10, 2020

(St. Thomas) December 10, 2020 -The Virgin Islands Waste Management Authority (VIWMA) advises the public that sewer line repairs are ongoing to replace 15 feet of damaged lines in Frenchtown on St. Thomas. Work began Thursday, December 10 and is expected to be completed by or before Sunday, December 13.

Traffic will be reduced to one lane from the Twisted Cork Restaurant to the Oceana Restaurant while the repairs are being completed. Motorists approaching the area are asked to slow down, proceed with caution and obey the instructions of the road crew.

The Authority hotline is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Please call 844-WMA-USVI (844-962-8784) to report any overflow or service interruption.

VIWMA ADVISES COMMUNITY OF THE TEMPORARY CLOSURE OF BROOKMAN BIN SITE

November 18, 2020

(St. Thomas, USVI) - The Virgin Islands Waste Management Authority (VIWMA) advises the community of the temporary closure of the Brookman Bin Site.

The VIWMA and Department of Public Works are working to clean the area of illegally dumped motor and cooking oil. The Authority is requesting residential users of that bin site to utilize the Nadir, Thomasville, or Bolongo Bin Sites and Bovoni Landfill pending completion of clean-up.

The Authority reminds businesses that it is illegal to dispose of motor and cooking oil at residential bin sites. Virgin Islands law requires businesses to contract a licensed and approved hauler to dispose of their waste oil. Violators are subject to a fine of not less than $1,000 and/or 180 days imprisonment.

Illegal dumping is harmful to human health and the environment. The VIWMA thanks the community for their cooperation and patience.

To report a solid waste or wastewater emergency, call the VIWMA 24-Hour Hotline at 844- WMA-USVI (844-962-8784).

VIWMA Transfer Station and Anguilla Landfill Temporarily Closed Due to Inclement Weather

November 12, 2020

(ST. CROIX, USVI) - The Virgin Islands Waste Management Authority (VIWMA) advises the public that the St. Croix Transfer Station and Anguilla Landfill closed at noon on Wednesday, November 11, 2020 due to recent heavy rains which have caused hazardous road conditions at the facilities. The Authority is monitoring the weather conditions and will inform the public when regular working hours resume.

Residents are asked to secure their household waste and contracted haulers are asked to hold municipal solid waste until further notice. The Authority puts the safety of our staff, contracted haulers and the public first. We thank the public for their patience and understanding.

VIWMA ADVISES COMMUNITY OF CANCRYN PUMP STATION FORCE MAIN REPAIR

October 23, 2020

(St. Thomas, USVI) - The Virgin Islands Waste Management Authority (VIWMA) advises the community that VIWMA employees and contractors are presently making repairs to a force main break that occurred at the Cancryn pump station at approximately 7:15 am, Friday, October 23, 2020.

The pump station has been taken offline while repairs are being completed. Motorists traveling west to east in the vicinity of Gottlieb Gas Station and Banco Popular are asked to traverse the area with caution or consider the use of alternate routes as sewage overflow will occur and traffic may be reduced to one lane. Residents are asked to avoid standing water in the area.

The VIWMA staff and contractors continue to work diligently to complete the repairs and thank the community for their cooperation and patience.

VIWMA ANGUILLA LANDFILL REMAINS CLOSED; SUZANNABERG TRANSFER STATION RESUMES OPERATIONS FOLLOWING TS LAURA

August 23, 2020

(US Virgin Islands) August 23, 2020 - The Virgin Islands Waste Management Authority (VIWMA or “Authority”) Preserving Paradise team advises the community and solid waste haulers that the Anguilla Landfill on St. Croix remains closed due to deteriorated road conditions inside the facility caused by the recent passage of Tropical Storm Laura.

The Susannaberg Transfer Station on St. John has resumed normal operations. The St. Thomas Bovoni Landfill continued its’ normal operations through the storm and remain open to the public.

Haulers on St. Croix are asked to hold all municipal solid waste. The Authority will continue to provide updates as conditions improve. We apologize for the inconvenience and thank the community for their continued patience and cooperation.

Please be reminded, the Authority remains on an abbreviated schedule for solid waste disposal due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Landfills, convenience centers and the transfer station operating hours have been adjusted to minimize contact between our staff and the public in an effort to reduce the possibility of community spread. The adjusted hours are:

• Anguilla Landfill, St. Croix 6:00 am to - 2:30 pm • Bovoni Landfill, St. Thomas 6:00 am to - 2:30 pm • Susannaberg Transfer Station, St. John - 7:00 am to 2:30 pm • Peter’s Rest Convenience Center, St. Croix - 7:00 am to 4:00 pm • Mandahl Convenience Center, St. Thomas - 6:00 am to 4:00 pm

Please call our hotline at 844-WMA-USVI (844-962-8784) to report incidences of illegal dumping or to report a service problem. For more information, contact the Division of Education and Communications Management at 340-643-0410 or email communications@viwma.org.

VIWMA RESPONDS TO MANHOLE OVERFLOW IN NADIR

Juluy 15, 2020

(St. Thomas, USVI) - The Virgin Islands Waste Management Authority (“VIWMA” or “Authority”) Preserving Paradise team and contractors are working diligently to address overflowing manholes on Nadir road in the vicinity of the Clinton Phipps Racetrack. The Authority advises residents to avoid standing water and overflow in the impacted area.

Normal flow of the sewer line has been restricted due to a blockage caused by grease and debris, resulting in the overflow. Contractors began cleaning the area and performing corrective action as of Wednesday, July 15. The repairs are expected to be completed within two weeks. The motoring public is advised to traverse the area with caution or consider the use of alternate routes as traffic flow may be reduced to one lane.

 

VIWMA TO CLOSE BIN SITE LOCATED AT SUPREME CORNER ON ST. JOHN

June 30, 2020

(St. John, USVI) The Virgin Islands Waste Management Authority (VIWMA or “Authority”) Preserving Paradise Team advises residents on St. John who utilize the residential bin site located at the Supreme Corner, the site will be permanently closed effective July 3, 2020. Area residents are encouraged to dispose their household trash at the Grunwald, Bethany or Pastory bin sites. The Authority will remove the Supreme Corner bin and clean up the area.

The Authority reminds residents and businesses that only household waste can be disposed of at public bin sites. It is illegal for any business to dispose their commercial waste at pubic bin sites. Business owners must employ a permitted hauler to collect and dispose their waste.

Violations are subject to a fine of $1,000 or 180 days in jail. The way local businesses and residents dispose their waste affects the beauty of our islands. Remember, “Its’ our home! Lets’ keep it clean!” To report illegal dumping, call our hotline at 844-WMA-USVI (844-962-8784).

Bureau of Motor Vehicles’ St. Croix Office Experiencing Phone Line Disruptions

June 30, 2020

U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS— Director Barbara Jackson-McIntosh is advising customers that the Bureau of Motor Vehicles (BMV) in the St. Croix office is currently experiencing phone lines disruptions. VIYA has been contacted and is currently working to troubleshoot the issue.

Director Jackson-McIntosh is encouraging customers who submitted their documents via the drop box system on or before June 26, 2020, to visit the bureau to complete the payment process and retrieve their documents. Due to the disruptions, the BMV’s Customer Service Representatives are unable to notify customers when their documents are completed.

Licensed Firearms Owners Asked to Call Firearms Bureau

June 19, 2020

U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS – The Virgin Islands Police Department is appealing to all licensed firearms owners to contact the Firearms Bureau in your District immediately.

Licensed firearms owners are asked to call the Firearms Bureau to set an appointment to review your file for any missing documents. Incomplete applications that are more than a year old will be destroyed to protect your personal identity and information.

Call the Firearms Bureau on St. Croix at (340) 778-2211 and on St. Thomas/St. John at (340) 774-2211. We appreciate your pro

ANGUILLA LANDFILL RESUMES OPERATIONS

June 14, 2020

.(St. Croix, USVI) - The Virgin Islands Waste Management Authority (‘VIWMA” or “Authority”) Preserving Paradise team advises the community and solid waste haulers of the resumption of operations at the Anguilla Landfill beginning 6 am Monday, June 15.

Operations at the landfill were suspended when an active fire was reported at 8:04 pm, Friday, June 12. The fire was suppressed by the Virgin Islands Fire Service (VIFS) along with VIWMA staff and contractors at 7:14 pm, Saturday, June 13.

ANGUILLA LANDFILL REMAINS CLOSED TO THE PUBLIC

June 14, 2020

(St. Croix, USVI) - The Virgin Islands Waste Management Authority (‘VIWMA” or “Authority”) Preserving Paradise team advises the community the St. Croix Anguilla Landfill remains closed to the public following an active fire that was reported at 8:04 pm, Friday, June 12. The fire was suppressed by the Virgin Islands Fire Service (VIFS) along with VIWMA staff and contractors at 7:14 pm, Saturday, June 13.

Solid waste haulers are advised that municipal solid waste shall be received at the landfill from public bin sites and house to house collections only. Drivers are asked to follow directions provided by VIWMA personnel and contractors. Failure to comply shall result in temporary suspension of disposal privileges; your safety is of the utmost importance.

The Authority will inform the public on the resumption of normal operations. We will continue to provide updates as the situation changes.

DPW Ramps Up Roadside Advertisement Enforcement Efforts

May 28, 2020

The Department of Public Works (DPW) is reminding the community of the need to gain permit approval prior to installing any advertising device along public roadways. According to the Virgin Islands Code, anyone seeking to advertise on a publicly owned street, sidewalk, park or other real property, must seek approval from DPW. Additionally, the department’s regulatory control extends fifty (50) feet from the center line of any road in the Virgin Islands - whether on public or private property.

“Our territory’s brand is one of pristine natural beauty,” said Commissioner Nelson Petty Jr., P.E. “It is important that we take pride in the look of our islands – not only for tourists, but for residents as well.” The advertising device permit application outlines the full list of current regulations advertisers must adhere to, to gain permit approval. However, the following highlights a few of those regulations: · Advertising device permits are granted for a six-month period. · All advertising devices must be no larger than 4 feet x 4 feet.

The department will use its right to enforce said regulations and remove any sign found to be in violation. There is also a $50 maximum fine per day, per device for any infraction. Permit applications and the fee structure can be found on the department’s website at dpw.vi.gov and is also available at DPW offices territory wide. For any questions pertaining to roadside advertisement in the territory, please call the DPW office on St. Croix at (340) 773-1290 or St. Thomas at (340) 776-4844.

SHORT-LIVED OUTAGES MAY BE EXPERIENCED DURING REPAIR WORK AT FRANCOIS ELECTRICAL SUBSTATION TONIGHT

May 25, 2020

WAPA advises customers in the St. Thomas-St. John district that beginning at 10 p.m. tonight, Electric System personnel will reconfigure the electric grid to facilitate repairs at the Donald Francois electrical substation in Long Bay.

The repair work will focus on addressing an electrical fault which contributed to an early morning multi-feeder outage on Friday, May 22, 2020.

While electrical service interruptions are not anticipated as a result of this work, there is a possibility for some short-lived outages during the grid reconfiguration process and later during system normalization once the repair work has been completed.

WAPA says it will make every effort to minimize any service interruption that becomes unavoidable during tonight’s work

 

VIWMA ADVISES COMMUNITY OF ACTIVE FIRE IN METALS SECTION OF THE ANGUILLA LANDFILL

May 18, 2020

(St. Croix, USVI) - The Virgin Islands Waste Management Authority (‘VIWMA” or “Authority”) Preserving Paradise team advises the community of an active fire in the scrap metals section at the Anguilla Landfill. The fire was observed and reported to the Virgin Islands Fire Services (VIFS) at 2:36 p.m. on Monday, May 18, 2020.

VIWMA staff and contractors reported metals, including junked cars, were being processed for removal when a vehicle ignited causing the fire which quickly spread in the metal section.

VIFS, VIWMA contractors and personnel are collaborating and working expeditiously to bring the fire under control. Landfill operations have not been affected; however, the scrap metal section of the facility is closed until further notice. The public is reminded to remove all engine fluids prior to disposal, preventing accidental fires and protecting the environment from spills.

Residents with respiratory disorders/conditions should take precautions to minimize their exposure to smoke as wind directions change. The Authority will continue to provide updates regarding changes that may affect public health.

Potable Water Service Interruption Affecting Portions of St. Croix While Crews Repair Leaking Watermain

May 7, 2020.

.Water crews are making an assessment of repairs that will be required to resolve leaking 12-inch water main near the Sunny Isle Shopping Center. Until repairs are completed, water service to the following areas will be adversely affected: Peter's Rest, Sion Farm, Constitution Hill, Castle Coakley, Ginger Thomas, Estate Strawberry, Strawberry Hill, Barren Spot, Pepper Tree Terrace, and Diamond Ruby.

As this area is a high traffic location, motorists are asked to exercise caution when proceeding through the work area

Construction on Sion Valley Road to Resume on May 8 - June 15

May 5, 2020

 Construction on Sion Valley Road (near the Sion Farm Intersection) will continue beginning on May 8 through June 15. During this time, sections of the roadway will be completely closed to all traffic. Motorists are urged to seek alternate routes, including Route 811 through Constitution Hill.

The department of Public works is asking the public to adhere to all traffic controls and traverse with caution.

PROJECT SCOPE: Construction of concrete swales, installation of new underground electrical conduits, sidewalk reconstruction and drainage improvements. New signalization, striping, and paving of the intersection will be completed at a later date. ESTIMATED PROJECT COST: $6.4 M

Sunny Isle Intersection to Close for Roadwork

May 1, 2020.

ST. CROIX, USVI – The VIPD Traffic Investigation Bureau is advising the motoring public that on Monday, May 4, VIAPCO will be completing road paving at the stoplights near the Sunny Isle Shopping Center. The roadwork is slated to begin at 4 a.m. and is scheduled to take four to six hours.

The intersection will be closed to traffic during this time. Eastbound traffic on the Melvin Evans Highway will be diverted towards Queen Mary Highway, vicinity of Oriental Bank (formerly ScotiaBank). Eastbound traffic on Queen Mary Highway passing the Sunny Isle Shopping Center will be routed through the mall, either exiting near Wendy’s or near the Red Cross. Westbound traffic to the intersection will be diverted to Castle Coakley Road towards the Limetree Refinery and onto Hope Road, to continue westbound to enter the Melvin Evans Highway.

The VIPD is asking the motoring public to leave home 30 to 45 minutes earlier to adjust to the rerouting of traffic, or take alternate routes to avoid the intersection. The Department regrets any inconvenience these road closures may cause. For more information, please contact the Traffic Investigation Bureau at (340) 778-2211

Potable Water Service Interruption Affecting Several Areas On St. Croix

April 19, 2020

Customers in several areas are experiencing a potable water service interruption as a result of a mainline leak in Estate Catherine’s Rest. Waterlines have been depressurized to prevent additional water loss.

Water operations crews are presently conducting an assessment and will mobilize personnel to carry out repairs. However, until repairs are completed, the following areas will experience either reduced water pressure or an overall water service interruption: Catherine’s Rest, Rosegate, Grange, Work and Rest, Humbug, Tamarind Estates, and the southern section of Peter’s Rest near H&H Tire & Battery.

All efforts will be made to minimize the duration of today’s service interruption.

Scheduled Electrical Service Interruption Will Affect Customers In Estate Peterborg On Tuesday

April 6, 2020.

Line Department crews will return to Estate Peterborg on Tuesday to replace a heavily damaged utility pole in the area. The work will require an electrical service interruption to customers on a portion of Feeder 7A. During the outage, scheduled from 8:00 am - noon, crews will plant a replacement pole, transfer lines, transformers, and other electrical equipment. An apparent vehicle accident this afternoon severed the pole causing a service interruption. Service was restored this evening, however, permanent repairs including pole replacement are required.

VIWMA ANNOUNCES TEMPORARY SCHEDULE DUE TO COVID-19

March 24, 2020

(Virgin Islands) The Virgin Islands Waste Management Authority (“Authority”) announces a temporary abbreviated schedule for solid waste disposal. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Authority is establishing additional safeguards to aid in the reduction of community spread, thus, minimizing contact between staff and the public.

Effective Tuesday, March 24, 2020 Solid Waste disposal at the following facilities will adhere to the following operating hours:

• Anguilla Landfill on St. Croix will be open 6:00 am to 2:30 pm

• Bovoni Landfill on St. Thomas will be open 6:00 am to 2:30 pm

• Susannaberg Transfer Station on St.John will be open 7:00 am to 2:30 pm

• Peter’s Rest Convenience Center on St. Croix will be open 7:00 am to 4:00 pm

• Mandahl Convenience Center on St. Thomas will be open 6:00 am to 4:00 pm

In an effort to employ the Authority’s social distancing protocol and minimize social contact with our most vulnerable population, the VIWMA has suspended the Special Needs Bulk Waste Collection Program. Seniors and the disabled are asked to please hold bulky items until further notice.

Wastewater disposal at the Mangrove Lagoon Wastewater Treatment Plant on St. Thomas remains closed to finalize repairs to the septage receiving areas.

The VIWMA will continue to update the public. Residents are reminded to contact the Authority at 340- 712-4962 or 340-715-9500 with any questions or concerns.

Scheduled Electrical Service Interruption To Affect Customers On Government Hill Saturday

March 20, 2020

From 7 am - 9 am on Saturday, March 21, customers on a portion of Feeder 6B, along Government Hill, will experience an electrical service interruption.

The outage is necessary to allow Line Department crews to straighten a severely leaning pole.

All efforts will be made to minimize the duration of the service interruption.

WASTEWATER TREATMENT PLANT SEPTAGE RECEIVING AREA TEMPORARILY CLOSED

March 20, 2020

(St. Thomas, USVI) – March 19, 2020 - The Virgin Islands Waste Management Authority (VIWMA) Preserving Paradise Team advises St. Thomas septage haulers and residents that the septage receiving area at the Mangrove Lagoon Wastewater Treatment Plant is closed through March 30, 2020.

The temporary closure is required to perform repairs to the septage receiving areas. The VIWMA apologizes for any inconvenience this temporary closure may cause and thanks the community for their patience and cooperation.

 

A glitch in the Federal SNAP/EBT system is impacting customers of St. Croix

March 13, 2020

We have learned that there is a glitch in the Federal SNAP/EBT system and it is impacting customers of St. Croix,, especially those at Plaza West.

Human Services Commissioner Causey-Gomez has informed Freedomcity Times that efforts have been made to resolve the issue and the glitch will be rectified by March 14

Pavement Rehabilitation work on Moravian Highway St.Thomas to begin this week.

March 10,2020.

On Thursday. March 12, 2020 from 7pm, a single lane closure will be implemented to complete the project.

WAPA Alerts:

February 24, 2020

On Monday, February 24, 2020, WAPA will implement a road closure in the Christiansted town area to facilitate the installation of a new water main across the Queen Cross and Company Street intersection. The road closure will be in effect from 6 p.m. The work was originally scheduled this evening but was rescheduled to Monday. The work by contractor Leumas Engineering is a part of the Christiansted Rehabilitation Phase II Project which involves the installation of new water lines to improve both water quality and water pressure in Christiansted.

Motorists traversing the work site are asked to proceed with caution for the safety of the crew, pedestrians, and other motorists.

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As a result of an overnight break in the 24" potable water transmission line that runs along the St. Thomas waterfront, several areas will experience either reduced water pressure or a complete water service interruption today. The affected areas lie between Emancipation Garden and the bottom of Raphune Hill to include Berg's Home, Paul M. Pearson Gardens housing community, and the Oswald Harris Court housing community.

The service interruption will be experienced until repairs to the ruptured water line are completed

VIWMA ADVISES THE COMMUNITY OF AN ACTIVE FIRE AT THE ANGUILLA LANDFILL

FEBRUARY 8, 2020

(St. Croix, USVI) - The Virgin Islands Waste Management Authority (‘VIWMA” or “Authority”) Preserving Paradise team advises the community of an active fire at the Anguilla Landfill reported Friday, February 7, at 11:04 p.m.

The fire is located on the east corner of the Landfill. Virgin Islands Fire Service and VIWMA contractors and personnel are working expeditiously to bring the fire under control. VIWMA advises the public and all haulers that landfill operations have been temporarily suspended. Haulers are asked to hold waste until normal operating hours resume.

Residents with respiratory disorders/conditions should take precautions to minimize their exposure to smoke as wind directions change. The Authority will continue to provide updates regarding changes that may affect public health, the environment and haulers utilizing the Landfill.

ROAD WORK ALERT: Fiber Optic Cable Deployment Project USVI, Excavations to install Conduits, Pull Boxes & Fiber Optic Cables at Crown Mountain Road St Thomas

From February 2 to February 15, 2020, from the hours of 7 Am to 5pm, motorists can expect delays at the following locations:

Rt 338 in Estate Elizabeth, Rt 33 Lionel P. Berry Scenic Drive, Northside Crown Mountain Rd to Botanical Gardens in Estate Crown and Hawk, and Rt 334 to the top of Crown Mt.

WAPA Alert

Beginning at 7 a.m. on Saturday, February 1, 2020, WAPA contractor, GEC, will complete the tie in of water mains in Estate Golden Rock.

While work is underway, the following locations may experience reduced water pressure or a complete potable water service interruption: Subway, Mc Donalds, Golden Rock Laundry, Teddy's Party Rentals, Almeric L. Christian federal building, and customers near the Five Corners Intersection.

Also, due to the proximity to Northshore road, traffic will be re-routed. Motorists are asked to exercise caution for the safety or crews, pedestrians, and other motorists.

A Portion of Melvin Evans Highway Closed for Road Work

January 28, 2020

.ST. CROIX, USVI – The Virgin Islands Police Department is notifying the motoring public that a portion of the Melvin Evans Highway, from the Sunny Isle stoplight westbound to the Home Depot stoplight, will be closed for roadwork tonight through Saturday, 8 p.m. to 5 a.m.

During the road closure, both westbound lanes of that portion of the highway will be closed. When the road is open in the mornings, one or both lanes may be open for traffic access, according to road conditions.

Motorists are asked to find alternate routes or leave at least 30 minutes earlier to get to your destination on time.

*WAPA scheduled power outage for feeders 9B on St. Croix & 7B on St. Thomas for Saturday

January 24, 2020

From 7 a.m. - 3 p.m. on Saturday, January 25, 2020, WAPA Line Department personnel will install electrical equipment to energize the new service station on Weymouth Rhymer Highway. For about 30 minutes in the beginning and at the end of the scheduled work, customers on portions of Feeder 7B will experience an electrical service interruption. The interruption is necessary for crews to isolate the work area. During the planned service interruptions, customers in the following areas will be affected: Estate Thomas, Mandahl, Wintberg, and Cassi Hill. All efforts will be made to minimize the duration of the outages.

From 6 a.m. to 10 a.m. on Saturday, January 25, 2020, some customers on a portion of Feeder 9B will experience a service interruption. During the outage, personnel will upgrade components at the Midland electrical substation.

Customers in the following areas will be affected: Adventure Hill, Anna's Hope, Aureo Diaz, Barren Spot, Bay Garden, Blessing, Bethlehem Village, Brookshill, Calquohoun, Carambola, Castle Burke, Castle Coakley, Clifton Hill, Lorraine Village, Coble Village, Concordia East, Constitution Hill, Cottage, Diamond, Profit, Castle Burke, Glynn, Fredensborg, Golden Grove, Grove Place, Hard Labor, Jealousy, Jolly Hill, Kingshill Village, La Grande Princess, La Grange, LEB Villas, Little La Grange, Little Princess, Long Reef, Lower & Upper Love, Mary's Fancy, Mon Bijou, Montpellier, Morning Star, Mt. Victory, Mt. Pleasant, Mutual Homes, New Works, North Hall, Orange Grove, Oxford, Paradise, Peter's Rest, Plessen, Prosperity, River, Sion Farm, Sunny Isles, Springfield, St. George, St. John, United Shopping Plaza, Upper Bethlehem, VI Corp, Vista Mar, and Yellow Cedar.

 

 

Motorists urged to drive with care & to look out for pedestrians during this weekend's marathon & walkathon on STX.

January 24, 2020

ST. CROIX, USVI – The Virgin Islands Police Department is advising the motoring public of two scheduled activities that will have pedestrians on the roadways.

The St. Croix 50K Marathon will take place from Downtown Christiansted, head west on Northside Road, and head back into Downtown Christiansted. The race is scheduled to start at 6 a.m.

The Lion’s Club will be hosting a walk in the Peter’s Rest area, starting from the St. Croix Majorettes Headquarters. This event is also scheduled to begin at 6 a.m.

Motorists are asked to be mindful of the runners and walkers traversing the roadways during these events

Office of Collective Bargaining Closed for Training

January 15, 2020

U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS—Office of Collective Bargaining Chief Negotiator Joss Springette is advising the public that offices in both districts will be closed Thursday, January 16, 2020, and next week on Wednesday, January 22, 2020, for staff training.

Personnel from both districts will be Discipline and Discharge training from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday at the Governor Juan Luis Hospital and Medical Center’s Cardiac Center on St. Croix. On Wednesday, January 22, personnel will be in training from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the University of the Virgin Islands on St. Thomas.

The Office of Collective Bargaining apologizes for any inconvenience.

Some Parts of St. Croix are Without Water

December 28,2019

St. Croix --UPDATE-- Late this afternoon, Water Operations crews discovered a 10” mainline leak in La Grande Princess. As a result, due to depressurized water lines, customers in the areas between La Grande Princess (west of the old Manor School) and Estate St. John (near the Schjang Ball Field) will experience little to no water pressure.

Repairs to the system will commence tomorrow morning at 7:00 a.m. .

****Water service has been restored to the following areas as the leak in Estate Richmond was repaired today: Upper Richmond, Lower Richmond, Orange Grove, Hill and Prince Streets in Christiansted town, Herman Hill, Catherine’s Rest, Work and Rest, and the Anna’s Hope Housing Community.

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Yet Another Scam Is Plaguing WAPA

 

December 16, 2019

As additional iterations of telephone scams are coming to light, the Virgin Islands Water and Power Authority again cautions its customers to be aware of any unauthorized attempt to solicit monies for WAPA payments.

WAPA Executive Director Lawrence J. Kupfer said Monday, the Authority has received additional calls from customers reporting that they were threatened with disconnection if immediate payments were not made on their accounts.

“In a public statement on December 1, we noted that customers were receiving telephone calls from a toll-free 800 telephone number with the caller purporting to be a WAPA employee seeking immediate payment on accounts to avoid service disconnection. The scam now includes unauthorized calls from persons with specific customer account information again seeking immediate payments to avoid disconnection of service,” he said.

Kupfer reiterated that WAPA staff does not call customers to demand immediate payments or threaten disconnection. WAPA’s telephone interaction with its customers occurs after disconnection of service resulting from delinquency. Any telephone call from someone representing themselves as calling on behalf of WAPA demanding immediate payment and threatening disconnection of service is fraudulent, and not authorized by the Authority. “Those calls should be disregarded, and reported to the proper authorities.” Reports can be made to the Virgin Islands Police Department, or to WAPA’s Internal Audit Revenue Assurance Division at 340-715-6563.

WAPA’s customers are also urged to be cautious about sharing account numbers, personal identification numbers, and other confidential information pertaining to their account with others, and to also secure billing statements that may have such related information.

Additionally, customers who do not receive their billing statement in the mail during the usual time period expected each month, should contact WAPA on St. Thomas and St. John at 340-774-3552, or on St. Croix at 340-773-2250 and report that information to a customer service representative. The representative will then verify specific account information with the customer during the call.

WAPA Schedules Outage on St. Thomas

On Tuesday, December 17, 2019, customers on St. Thomas Feeder 6A will experience an approximate 30-minute service interruption at 10 a.m. and again at 4 p.m. while line department personnel isolate a portion of the feeder to facilitate work in the Subbase area. Line crews will replace a rotted utility pole near the Public Works Department building on Tuesday. Motorists traversing the work area should proceed with caution for the safety of the crew, pedestrians, and other motorist.


VIPD Announces Road Closures and Parking Restrictions for 2019 St. Croix Christmas Boat Parade & Fireworks

December 14, 2019

St. Croix, USVI – The Virgin Islands Police Department wishes to advise the motoring public of the following parking restrictions and street closings scheduled for the 2019 St. Croix Christmas Boat Parade & Fireworks, to be held in downtown Christiansted on Dec. 14:

From 5 p.m. until the completion of the event, the following parking restrictions will be in effect:

No parking on King Street or Company Street from Market Street to the Christiansted Wharf,

No parking on Church Street, between King and Company Streets.

No parking on Market Street, between King and Company Streets.

No parking on Hospital Street, between King and Company Streets. No parking on Queen Street, between King and Company Street

Any vehicle found parked in the restricted areas will be ticketed and/or towed at the owner’s expense. Owners or drivers whose vehicle has been towed should contact the Ancilmo Marshall Command at (340) 773-2530.

Also, officers will be stationed at certain areas to reroute traffic away from the event area.


December,2,2019

Now Even the FBI is Warning About Your Smart TV's Security

If you just bought a smart TV on Black Friday or plan to buy one for Cyber Monday tomorrow, the FBI wants you to know a few things.

Smart TVs are like regular television sets but with an internet connection. With the advent and growth of Netflix, Hulu and other streaming services, most saw internet-connected televisions as a cord-cutter's dream. But like anything that connects to the internet, it opens up smart TVs to security vulnerabilities and hackers. Not only that, many smart TVs come with a camera and a microphone. But as is the case with most other internet-connected devices, manufacturers often don't put security as a priority.

That's the key takeaway from the FBI's Portland field office, which just ahead of some of the biggest shopping days of the year posted a warning on its website about the risks that smart TVs pose.

"Beyond the risk that your TV manufacturer and app developers may be listening and watching you, that television can also be a gateway for hackers to come into your home. A bad cyber actor may not be able to access your locked-down computer directly, but it is possible that your unsecured TV can give him or her an easy way in the backdoor through your router," wrote the FBI.

The FBI warned that hackers can take control of your unsecured smart TV and in worst cases, take control of the camera and microphone to watch and listen in.


December 1, 2019

WAPA Issues Scam Alert"

The Virgin Islands Water and Power Authority Sunday issued a SCAM ALERT to its customers, who appear to be targets of unauthorized attempts to solicit monies for WAPA payments, without authorization.

WAPA Executive Director Lawrence J. Kupfer said the Authority has received calls from customers reporting that they were threatened with disconnection if immediate payments were not made on their accounts.

“Customers are receiving telephone calls from a toll-free 800 telephone number with the caller purporting to be a WAPA employee seeking immediate payment on accounts to avoid service disconnection,” he said. Kupfer confirmed that WAPA does not have anyone calling customers, and such actions by these scammers are not authorized by the Authority.


St. Thomas -- Beginning at 9 p.m. on Monday, November 25, and continuing thru 6 a.m. on Tuesday, November 26 potable water service will be interrupted to all customers from the Commandant Gade (Garden Street) / Main Street intersection to Norre Gade including customers on Dronnigens and Prindsens Gade.

The interruption is required to allow Island Roads to tie-in and activate a new 12-inch water main that runs on Main Street from Raadets Gade to Garden Street.

Motorists traversing the work area are asked to proceed with caution for the safety of the crew, pedestrians, and other motorists.