Government acquires several Bailey Bridges in preparation for future natural disasters

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Government acquires several Bailey Bridges in preparation for future natural disasters

103c3b95-cdd8-4df7-92f6-ba5d1418be8fPRESS RELEASE – The Ministry of Infrastructure, Port Services and Transport (MIPST) with the assistance of the World Bank under the Disaster Vulnerability Reduction Project (DVRP) has procured approximately 300 meters of Bailey Bridges, which translate to almost fifteen (15) bridges.

They arrived in St Lucia on the 12th April 2016, and are presently being kept at the Ministry of Infrastructure, Port Services and Transport, Vieux Fort Compound.

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The bridges were supplied by 3S Bridges LCC, a company based in Barbados at a cost to the Government of Saint Lucia US$1 422 860.00.  

One can recall that the December 2013 trough left the West Coast disconnected from the rest of the island due to the loss of two main bridges namely the Canaries and Piaye Bridges. The Ministry of Infrastructure, Port Services and Transport (MIPST) was able, in less than two weeks, to reconnect the island to full vehicular access bringing the country to a state of normalcy.

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This was possible because the Government of Saint Lucia and by extension MIPST had procured bailey bridges prior to the December 2013 Trough which allowed for quick response in erecting the two bridges in record time. Government was also able to assist sister island St. Vincent and the Grenadines in their hour of need with approximately 100 meters of bailey bridges.

This strategic approach has been taken by the Ministry of Infrastructure, Port Services and Transport  in its effort to help reduce the disaster response time in cases of natural disasters more specifically to bridges that have been compromised or affected.

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  1. What's going on in this little island ? You mean government is now adding bridges to it's inventory, while we are deprived of a properly functioning hospital in the PM's own constituency.

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  2. The Man, Dr. Kenny D. Anthony.
    A Man with a vision.
    A man and a PARTY who love the People Of Our Great Land (Unlike the Yellow Party.)
    A Party that has modernized and built every KEY INFRASTRUCTURE on this Island has once again, taken the BOLD step in PROTECTING THE LIVES OF ALL.

    What has the "Yellow Party" built or protected?
    They HAVE NEVER BUILT ANYTHING.

    Sad-But-True

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  3. I will bet all my money that this is a avenue created for someone to make a money. My reason is why should a country without money, spend so much in something that may not happen soon. Goods can come to St Lucia from the USA with 2 weeks.

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  4. That's the way business is done . Staying on top of the game. Hope proactivity was the game in all government departments.

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  5. The first sensible FORWARD-THINKING action taken by the SLP, that is not a visible election ploy. Most, if not all the others are down with a election date FOREMOST in mind. Eh, eh! What happened?

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