Lieutenant Governor Tregenza A. Roach Esq. in a Wednesday press conference announced the launch of the Street Addressing Initiative (SAI) Bridge Phase for the Territory. The Office of the Lieutenant Governor’s Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Division leads the charge of this initiative which will create an addressing system for the Virgin Islands that provides for a clear, logical, and navigable system of street addresses based on established national standards.
“Through this initiative, we will work to eliminate those experiences which you have had in the past, like having to paint your parcel address on plywood so some FEMA or insurance representative could identify your property, or waiting by the roadside in the blazing sun to escort some service provider there, or God forbid, waiting there for an ambulance to provide critical care to a loved one. This project does have the potential to bring us literally into a new age,” said Lieutenant Governor Roach.
“We will partner with the University of the Virgin Islands Eastern Caribbean Center and multiple service providers which all have a stake in this process,” said Lt. Governor Roach.
Core stakeholders of the SAI include: Virgin Islands Territorial Emergency Management Agency, Virgin Islands Police Department, Department of Public Works, Virgin Islands Fire Service, Department of Planning and Natural Resources, Virgin Islands Water and Power Authority, Virgin Islands Waste Management Authority, Virgin Islands Housing Finance Authority, United States Postal Service, and VIYA.
Areas that will be addressed, as part of the bridge phase include St. Croix (Christiansted and Frederiksted), St. John (remainder of Cruz Bay and Eastern Estates), and St. Thomas (remainder of Charlotte Amalie).