Government starts project to reduce traffic congestion on Castries-Gros Islet highway

Government starts project to reduce traffic congestion on Castries-Gros Islet highway

The project will identify traffic hotspots that can be targeted with soft solutions to reduce congestion.

The Government of Saint Lucia has commenced consultation on the Castries-Gros Islet Highway Improvement Soft Solution Project.

The first leg of the consultation was held on April 7, at the Ministry of Infrastructure, Port Services and Labour, with the main objective of developing a soft solution to bring immediate relief to the traffic congestion currently experienced on the Castries-Gros Islet Highway.

Chief Engineer in the Ministry of Infrastructure, Albert Jn. Baptiste, said congestion relief on the Castries-Gros Islet Highway is a key priority in the ministry’s transport strategy for the 2017 fiscal year.

“Further to our policy directive, the Ministry of Infrastructure has moved to prepare an important strategy for the Castries-Gros Islet highway involving soft measures. To take this imitative forward, the department, recognizing the wealth of knowledge and expertise which exists in both the public and private sector, seeks to engage key stakeholders in formulating proactive dialogue, a plan to bring about immediate relief to road users.”

Facilitators for the consultation were drawn from several sectors namely construction and engineering, transport and hospitality, sales and management, the public sector, safety and law enforcement, and civil society.

“We invite all parties to work together to formulate a soft solution strategy in a concrete and practical way,” he said. “Our primary objective for the day is to identify traffic hotspots which can be targeted immediately with soft solutions to reduce congestions.”

These soft solutions, according to the Chief Engineer, are expected to be low cost, minimally disruptive and easy to implement.

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17 Comments

  1. sharon terrell
    April 17, 2017 at 7:58 am Reply

    Think big big things happen.Think small nothing gwan.

  2. Anonymous
    April 17, 2017 at 8:02 am Reply

    Instead of finishing the project we already gotold money for.
    Look nonsense. A temporary solution that will cost just as much. Please complete the Castries Gros Islet HIGHWAY because that project includes many feeder roads. Stop fooling people just to find ways to steal money.

    1. true talks
      April 18, 2017 at 6:51 pm Reply

      Stupid leaders in the UWP.the surlution is s four (4) lane high way

  3. citizen
    April 17, 2017 at 8:19 am Reply

    too many people own vehicles

  4. B. M
    April 17, 2017 at 8:26 am Reply

    Stop fooling people by saying no money. What soft solution thing that???
    We need to make hard decision.
    Today it will cost $1.00 but tomorrow the same thing will cost $10.00.

  5. Uncle Ben
    April 17, 2017 at 8:32 am Reply

    Stop fooling people by saying no money. What soft solution thing that???
    We need to make hard decision.
    Today it will cost $1.00 but tomorrow the same thing will cost $10.00. Learn to do right the first time and stop spent money you said we don’t have.

  6. Pastor Aristide
    April 17, 2017 at 8:50 am Reply

    Good

  7. Anonymous
    April 17, 2017 at 9:30 am Reply

    All government that come in power singing the same song,no money, but when it’s election they always have mony to give away, questions , where are the money coming from?

  8. A Citizen
    April 17, 2017 at 9:47 am Reply

    Divert trafic during heavy hours by putting proper signs and police

  9. conservative
    April 17, 2017 at 4:30 pm Reply

    To be honest st Lucia is so backward I love my country but we running it to the ground we need traffic lights if we want this traffic thing to ease out we don’t hv on none of the high ways

  10. Calvin
    April 17, 2017 at 5:17 pm Reply

    Comments as follows:

    “We invite all parties to work together to formulate a soft solution strategy in a concrete and practical way,”
    — This is code-speak for “we’re not sure what to do, but introducing private toll roads is not out of the question.”

    “Facilitators for the consultation…”
    — You’d be very surprised at the per diem (cost per day) being paid to the private sector ‘facilitators’.

    Don’t believe it? Ask the Ministry yourself:

    Telephone: (758) 468-4300
    Email: [email protected]

  11. Calvin
    April 17, 2017 at 5:18 pm Reply

    Comments as follows:

    “We invite all parties to work together to formulate a soft solution strategy in a concrete and practical way,”
    — This is code-speak for “we’re not sure what to do, but introducing private toll roads is not out of the question.”

    “Facilitators for the consultation…”
    — You’d be very surprised at the per diem (cost per day) being paid to the private sector ‘facilitators’.

    Don’t believe it? Feel free to ask the Ministry yourself:

    Telephone: (758) 468-4300
    Email: [email protected]

  12. Anonymous
    April 17, 2017 at 5:44 pm Reply

    The solution to the problem is simple. Kindly suspend the importation of Vehicles. Though matter when intervention that is entertained the problem will persist. Too many vehicles in the country. Kindly, be patient because the traffic congestion will continue the get worst. Also, because of the proximity of known concrete buildings to the highway a four lane highway from castries to gros islet is obviously no an option. Hence, the four lane bridge is just what it is.

  13. Jeff
    April 17, 2017 at 6:55 pm Reply

    I agree 100%

  14. Jeffery
    April 17, 2017 at 10:11 pm Reply

    Too much Traffic by Dame Pearlette Primary in Union. Parents are literally just staying in the traffic abd letting their kids off; then you have to wait for them to cross. This ads traffic to traffic. Observe the practice when school reopens. Hardly any parents swing into the school parking lot anymore.

    Also dedicated turning lanes are required near Glace Motors, Touya Gap, Super Serv for sure (formerly Galaxy Gas Station) and S&S. These will require slight widening of the highway to take the extra lanes. Monchy Gap as well the turning lane is too small should start lower down the hill.

  15. meMe
    April 17, 2017 at 11:29 pm Reply

    How about a new highway funded by all the stupid politicians that we put in power

  16. Jacques Boucle
    April 18, 2017 at 3:28 pm Reply

    The solution is infrastructure spending. It creates jobs and helps to alleviate the congestion problem. This is the time to think big, Mr. Prime Minister.

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