Infrastructure Minister, Philip J. Pierre, today appealed for the patience of citizens and business people, as technicians from his ministry work to replace a failed culvert on the Southward lane of the Castries Gros Islet highway, opposite the J.Q Rodney Bay Mall.
Addressing a news conference this morning, Pierre disclosed that on Thursday, November 12, his Ministry was alerted to a depression and immediately cordoned off the area.
According to him, by the following day an investigation determined that a culvert had collapsed and needed to be replaced, but by 2PM the same day the situation had worsened with a large hole making its appearance.
He said a decision was taken to lessen traffic on the road, while on Saturday, November 14, plans were finalized for work to commence that evening on a new concrete reinforced culvert.
Pierre told the news conference that consultations were held with the Gros Islet Mini Bus Association to provide a shuttle service to Rodney Bar Mall and from the Mall to Gros Islet, while some buses wil continue on the Gros Islet road using the Monchy and Bonne Terre road and vice versa with no change in fare.
He disclosed that his Ministry is working to address the problem of the collapsed culvert in the shortest possible time.