Saint Lucia’s National Green Party (NGP) has expressed concern about the state of the country’s road, warning against a ‘band-aid’ solution to the problem.
“Some holes are easily patched only to re-emerge in the near future – a band-aid solution to a more serious problem,” NGP leader Andre ‘Pancho’ de Caires told St. Lucia Times.
“The reality is that some large portions of our road network need a complete makeover, from foundation to resurfacing,” de Caires asserted.
He noted that the road network deteriorates rapidly every year during the rainy season.
The NGP leader observed that the main reason was blocked drains due to inadequate maintenance and insufficient drain infrastructure.
He explained that tiny potholes get more extensive due to vehicle traffic, and motorists pay the price in replacing vehicle parts and wasting time.
The NGP leader told St. Lucia Times that fixing the roads is every government’s responsibility, regardless of who is in power.
“Just like the (St. Jude) hospital situation, both are to blame,” de Caires observed.