The Government of Saint Lucia has moved one step closer to the construction of a major piece of infrastructure, which will facilitate easier travel for persons commuting across the north and south of the country.
The Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) yesterday approved, with no objection, a list of six international and local consultants to tender for the feasibility study for the proposed North-South Highway.
That list of six consultants emerged from an International Tender for Expressions of Interest, advertised in February 2013.
The CDB has also approved a grant of approximately US$150,000 to undertake the feasibility study for the proposed highway.
The Government is expected to provide counterpart funding to successfully undertake this project.
In a budget statement delivered last May, Prime Minister Dr Kenny Anthony said the major infrastructural initiative of his government would have been the construction of a highway linking Gros-Islet to Dennery, through the north-eastern region of the Island.
“Given the limitations posed by the topography and geology of the Barre De L’isle, which separates the north from the south, a new feasibility assessment will be undertaken for a North-Eastern Highway,” he said then.
Following this announcement, the CDB was engaged with a view to exploring the feasibility of developing a new route, which is less vulnerable to natural hazards, to link the north and south of Saint Lucia. Cabinet subsequently appointed a Project Planning Agency, which comprised representatives from a number of ministries and agencies, including the Ministry of Infrastructure, Ministry of National Development and the Ministry of Tourism.
The proposed road will increase the resilience in the primary road network, by providing an additional option for linking the north and south of the island.
This consultancy has an estimated duration of nine months. Procurement will be in accordance with CDB’s Guidelines for the Selection and Engagement of Consultants. The six eligible consultants will all be invited to submit proposals.