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C’STED BYPASS CLOSER TO REALITY

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More than 20 years after being proposed, the Christiansted Bypass is closer to reality.
The Department of Public Works and the Federal Highway Administration are set to begin acquiring property along the 1.2-mile route that will cross the hills behind Christiansted. DPW still must purchase about 30 parcels along the right-of-way, said Commissioner Harold Thompson.
The bypass, starting above the Old Senate Building on Contentment Road and running to Hospital Street in Estate Recovery, is scheduled to commence in the early part of 2001. It will have two intersections, one at Kings Cross Street and the other at Peters Farm Road.
According to DPW and FHA officials, land that is needed along the route must be acquired by giving the owners fair market value. Some residents may have to sell their houses, and they may be compensated for the costs of relocation.
The aim of the federally funded project is to reroute traffic, particularly heavy trucks, around Christiansted’s historic district.
The bypass will have two 12-foot lanes, 8-foot paved shoulders that will be able to accommodate joggers and bicyclists and a sidewalk 5 feet wide, running the length of the 1.2-mile road.

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