Better roads paved the way in 2012 and the same can be expected in 2013. So says Deputy Prime Minister Honourable Phillip J Pierre who also leads the Ministry of Infrastructure, Ports Services and Transport.
Pierre has made the forecast that if all goes as planned the trend of road rehabilitation will continue to unfold. The minister says fresh infrastructural projects will come on stream while those which are in progress will be continued to completion.
Work on the Bois D’Orange Bridge in the north is also expected to unfold in the first quarter of this year.
“A lot has been accomplished within our first year within the Ministry of infrastructure, Port Services and Infrastructure. Roads throughout the length and breadth of the island are much improved. The roads in our city as well as the roads in our towns of Soufriere and Vieux Fort have been enhanced and parts of our main roadway to the south, the Barre d’Isle has been established,” he said.
As the minister reported on his ministry’s stewardship over the past year, he noted that as far as his ministry is concerned, transparency and accountability will continue to be their watch words.
“The Soufriere main bridge is now complete. Work has also commenced on a number of other bridges, notably the Bonne Terre Bridge, the Dubonaire Bridge, the Crestlands Bridge.”
Meantime, the deputy prime minister has also addressed the subject of the Hewannora International Airport Redevelopment Project.
“We have invited new proposals for the re-development of Hewannorra International Airport. We will carefully analyze this plan with the aim of developing a modern and improved airport, however as previously promised such upgrades must remain within the framework of the fiscal realities which face Saint Lucia today.”
The larger of the country’s two airports is managed by the Saint Lucia Air and Seaports Authority (SLASPA). The airport is a Fire Category 9 airport that handles 500,000 passengers a year and has the capability to handle larger aircraft such as the Boeing 747, the Airbus A330 and other similar aircraft.