Work on the $1.3 million South Sound boardwalk is expected to be complete within the next month, according to government.

The Ministry of Infrastructure said that work is in progress to realign the road to make room for a bike lane. Benches need to be installed, too.

Repairs are also under way on a section of the boardwalk that was damaged by a truck last week. The responsible party has agreed to cover the costs of the damage and repairs have begun, the ministry said on Monday.

The development has had multiple delays since it was announced in June 2016 as part of an overall beautification and improvement scheme for the area. In October 2016, Premier Alden McLaughlin said that work would be completed by the end of that year.

However, no work seemed to have taken place until the National Roads Authority changed the alignment of the road and announced in September 2017 that the change was made to accommodate the boardwalk construction. Dozens of traffic cones have extended along the roadside for months, but no work took place until February.

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Government explained in a press release in January that it was working out “technical details” with the project contractor.

“A contract was signed with The Phoenix Construction Group late last year, but some final technical details had to be worked out prior to commencement,” government said at the time.

Government said in January that the project should be completed by the end of June, but what the ministry termed “robust” construction needs pushed that date by about two months.

“The construction of the boardwalk had to be robust because of its proximity to the sea and the natural undulation of the beach ridge,” government said in July. “There is also a ‘peat’ layer [plant matter] under the sand which can cause movement of the layers above it as water is absorbed or released.”

Government’s update explained that if the boardwalk was simply constructed on top of compacted fill like a typical sidewalk, the material could wash away in inclement weather, crack or wrap over time and eventually lead to structural issues.

“The project is constructed with piles and a combination of concrete members and inlays of Trex planking,” government explained in July, adding that the project should be finished by the end of August.

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