Even a small project to improve a local road can make a real difference. This is the attitude the highways team, where I work as an assistant engineer, brings to every job - and it’s particularly important when you are working on a small island.
Jersey is just ten miles wide and five miles long; materials for road construction and other resources like labour are limited, while there are fewer options than on the mainland for waste management. The island’s landfill site is almost full.
Working on roads, of course, also makes us very visible. It’s very important for my team to engage with residents - especially during a public health crisis. During the first lockdown, we adapted, and ramped up, our use of social media to keep people well informed about our projects, helping to build positive relationships.