Statement at press conference by Acting Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Port Services and Transport, Hon. Philip J. Pierre
Ladies and Gentlemen, late Thursday November 12, technical personnel of the Ministry of Infrastructure, Port Services and Transport were alerted of a depression on the southbound lane of the Gros Islet Castries Roadway opposite the Rodney Bay Mall. Immediately, the area where the depression was noticed was cordoned off by the staff of the MIPST.
On Friday November 13, further investigations were conducted and it then became apparent that the ARMCO culverts in that section of the roadway had collapsed and would need to be replaced immediately.
Technical personnel were summoned to urgently prepare designs and costings for a new concrete culvert to replace the failed ARMCO culverts. By 2:00 p.m. on that day, the situation worsened, as a large hole in the road surface had been created. The Ministry then consulted with traffic authorities, and decided to lessen the traffic flow along that roadway, by only allowing North Bound Traffic.
On Saturday November 14, plans were finalised for work to commence that evening for the construction of a new concrete reinforced culvert in that section of the road.
After consultation with the Gros Islet Mini Bus Association, they agreed to conduct a shuttle service from Castries to the Rodney Bay Mall and from the Rodney Bay Mall to Gros Islet. Additionally, some buses will continue on to Gros Islet using the Monchy and Bonne Terre Roads and vice versa.
There will be no change in bus fares. Each bus will be identified for the service they provide. We are very grateful for the cooperation and support of the drivers of the Gros Islet Mini Bus Association.
Other motorists are advised to utilise other alternative routes, including the Bonne Terre, Mongiraud and Beausejour roads.
The Ministry has attempted to erect signage along the entire route to indicate the traffic diversions that are in effect. We will continue to monitor this situation, and will respond accordingly.
We are very grateful for the cooperation of the Gros Islet Police. At every turn, they have supported our efforts to make commuting between Gros Islet and Castries as easy as possible. We will continue to rely on their support throughout this period.
We would also like to appeal for the patience, cooperation and understanding of the motoring public, businesses and all others who will be affected as a result. We are working assiduously to reopen the roadway in the shortest possible time frame.
I thank you.