Press Release:- The Ministry of Tourism, Information and Broadcasting, Culture & Creative Industries, wishes to advise the general public that works will soon commence to improve some sidewalks in downtown Castries.
The Government of Saint Lucia has designated the City of Castries as a Tourism Product with tremendous potential to increase visitor spending.
As such the improvement of the Castries City Product has been deemed a priority for Saint Lucia with investments targeted towards improving sites and attractions, as well as undertaking activities aimed at making downtown Castries more pleasant and attractive to tourists and to Saint Lucian residents.
In keeping with this direction, the Ministry of Tourism, Information and Broadcasting, Culture & Creative Industries, as part of the implementation of the OECS Regional Tourism Competitiveness Project (ORTCP), is in the process of executing several investment initiatives to revitalize downtown Castries. One of those key initiatives is the execution of works for improvements to sidewalks at strategic locations in Castries city.
In 2019, the ORTCP conducted a condition assessment of sidewalks on the following streets in Castries: Jeremie; Peynier; Micoud; Brazil; Laborie; Bridge; and the John Compton Highway (from LUCELEC to Jeremie Street intersection). Based on that assessment, the following measures were recommended to improve conditions of sidewalks. They include, inter alia:
1. Sidewalk resurfacing;
2. Enhanced accessibility for differently abled persons;
3. Increased green spaces;
4. More vegetation within sidewalks and medians where possible;
5. Covering of drains to enhance aesthetics;
6.Widening of sidewalks; and
7. Physical restriction of illegal parking using bollards and planters.
Works will commence on Bridge Street from June 2020. The Ministry of Tourism will provide further information regarding the sidewalks works in the coming weeks.