Gov’t moves closer to North-South highway construction

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Gov’t moves closer to North-South highway construction
Prime Minister Dr. Kenny D. Anthony
Prime Minister Honourable Dr. Kenny D. Anthony

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.

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  1. Wasnt that an idea of the prevous admin? Anways by the time construction would have started on this those losers would be gone.

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  2. FANTASTIC IDEA!! with better roads leads to less accidents our highways are poorly engineered.the only thing i hope for is better road safety and education.

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  3. I think this is a good idea. We need an alternative highway from Gros Islet/Castries to Vieux Fort. This will reduce on unnecessary traffic in the City. Someone, for example, a taxi driver leaving Sandals Grande in the north, with Tourists needing to catch a flight at HIA in V.Fort at rush hour (at lets say 4:00pm), could bypass Castries and go str8 down via the alternative highway.

    My only concern is the timing of this project. Is 2014 really the right time to attempt this. We should really worry about trying to get these two hospitals off the ground. Fully furnished and functioning.

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  4. Typical crabs in the barrel mentality. Always standing in the way progress. But love to boast how well developed and maintained other Caribbean islands are including Majory countries.

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  5. The idea is not a bad one but I think that there are so much more important things that need to be overlook and I can think of so many but that just me

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  6. Build it, toll it, but also maintain the current one. People will definitely use it and it'll pay for itself.

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  7. there are citizens across the island crying for road rehabilitation and in some cases, construction but the government keeps saying no money to undertake such. maybe a feasibility study on how much it would cost to repair what we already have would be better.

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  8. Y not luk at rehabilitating ALL our secondary roads? like Desrameaux, Monchy. We cannot even maintain the roads we have we wanna build one which was deemed not feasible less than 10 yrs ago.

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  9. I thought Halcrow did that study back then and said it would cost too much because of the terrain.finish St judes first papa and then try something new. As for now all talk.

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  10. the government can't even take care of one highway and they want to build another? What a waste of money

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