Client Profile - Christiansted Bypass, St. Croix, Virgin Islands, USA

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Christiansted, the capital of St. Croix, in the U.S. Virgin Islands, is getting a new major road south of the city, linking the east and west ends of town. The project, which has been in the planning stages since the mid 1970's is aimed at relieving traffic congestion, improving safety and restricting large vehicles currently driving through the downtown Christiansted area.

The Federal Highway Administration is funding the 1.21 mile project, which will cost an estimated $20 million. The project received the federal construction funds along with the specification to “sprig” with Vetiver grass. Full specs were provided by the federal government including row separation of six feet and sprig separation of 4” to 6”. Virgin Islands Paving has been the main contractor on this project with Kirkland Construction working on a smaller segment.

Throughout 2008, our farm, Agriflora Tropicals, provided the Vetiver plants for this project. In total, nearly 68,000 plants were shipped and planted along the road banks. Pictures taken by a USDA Field Engineer from Puerto Rico visiting the project, attest to the contractor’s success with the planting. Agriflora Tropicals is providing greenhouse-grown plants with over 4” roots that can be economically shipped in boxes via cargo ferry from Puerto Rico.

You can see more pictures of this project in this Picasa album. Our plants are available for sale from our Agriflora Tropicals store or directly from our nursery for larger projects.



Vetiver Grass Project - Christiansted, St. Croix Bypass Road

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