Infrastructure Minister Stephenson King has acknowledged that Saint Lucia’s road network is in a ‘terrible state’ because of ‘persistent inclement weather’.
“We have seen that for the last six months,” the former Prime Minister told reporters on Tuesday.
King spoke on the sidelines of a meeting of the House of Assembly.
He said there is a plan to address the road situation.
“For example, over the weekend, we worked throughout the weekend. We don’t normally work over the weekend. Throughout the City of Castries we attended to the roads. We did some work on the Morne road,” King told reporters.
“The Millennium Highway is under construction, and that is in the hands of C.O. Williams,” he disclosed.
King said his Ministry insisted that the company maintain the road because, under the agreement with the construction firm, once they have taken possession of the road, they have to maintain it until its completion.
“The West Coast road we’ll be commencing hopefully soon. The bridge in Canaries will be commencing in February and the balance of the road – two packages – will commence any time from now,” the Minister stated.
He said the contract had been awarded.
“The Gros Islet to Cap Estate road, we have finally signed a contract with a local contractor. That road will be reconstructed. The road is fatigued – no amount of repairing, potholing, nor any attempt to stabilise the surface of that road will hold,” King told reporters.
And regarding the Castries-Gros Islet Highway, King explained that due to the findings of a review of the construction of the Rodney Bay section, there was reason to deliberately delay any progress to facilitate a redesign and further forensic investigation.
King said that other major works are in the pipeline and Prime Minister Philip J. Pierre would make the announcement.
“It’s a major road network redevelopment in the country and we’re hoping the weather will give us some time to be able to do that,” he stated.