Northern road project to boost investment climate and reduce traffic congestion – Pierre

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Northern road project to boost investment climate and reduce traffic congestion – Pierre

GIS – Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Port Services and Transport Hon. Philip J. Pierre said that the most recent road improvement project is expected to result in a sound and modern road network, with myriad benefits.

Speaking at a signing ceremony for the Choc Bay-Gros Islet and Secondary Roads Improvement Project, Minister Pierre indicated that upon completion, the project will enhance Saint Lucia’s investment climate, and result in substantial growth-inducing opportunities.

“This vision of a new, modern, resilient, and traffic friendly roadway from Castries to Gros-Islet was born out of a vision of the Hon. Prime Minister. The project proposes the rehabilitation of approximately seven kilometers of road, and the improvement of [several] secondary roads which will create new growth opportunities in the north and alleviate the traffic bottleneck,” he said.

“On completion, it will reduce traffic congestion in the busiest part of the island and will improve the environment for doing business in our country by reducing travel time. It will also improve the quality of life of our people.

“Government envisages a sound, modern road network that reduces travel time, while opening up large areas of land for future development.”

According to Minister Pierre, the government also anticipates substantial growth inducing opportunities, knowledge transfer, enhancement of employment skills and transfer of knowledge in the technology and construction industries.

He added that because road safety is a major priority of the Ministry of Infrastructure, traffic monitoring and data gathering devices will be installed to assist with remote monitoring of traffic, in order to improve emergency responses.

Other components of the project include the addition of two lanes from Choc Bay to the Gros Islet junction that will complement the already existing two lanes from Vigie to Choc converting the entire road into a four lane carriageway; seven overhead pedestrian bridges; the construction of roundabouts for junction improvements in congested areas; and filter lanes for improved traffic flow.

A public education campaign will precede the project, slated to commence by mid-2015, and expected to be completed by 2018.

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  1. "new growth opportunities in the north"

    Where again things going in the north?! Start diversifying things so people all do not have to DRIVE to the NORTH - which causes most congestion in the first place!

    Secondly, we ALL know who is going to get that contract... wait for it...

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  2. Reneau in his glories boy! Jobs for the boys in return for campaign money...all of a sudden we have money for a project of this magnitude? I guess its either VAT that paying off or more money borrowed...someone say IMF...better days are here...when the price gas went up so did the price of everything else, gas prices went down and it can't reflect...im sure before the year ends gas prices will be back to where it was before it went down while oil barrel prices remain down.

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  3. No right turns on this road. Roundabout and overhead pedestrian crossings will do the trick. 1+1 = 2, against 1+1= 11

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  4. There are other ways to combat traffic woes besides capital intensive (tangible) projects.

    Development should be equally spread across the country. In that way traffic would not be an issue in one particular region.

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  5. I thought the government always complaining they don't have money so where they going to get the money to pay back. If St.Lucians want kenny to fool them, I know for a fact he is not fooling me. He has plenty of money hiding even for himself for when he will not be in power again.

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  6. Pure bullshit, really bullshit. What the government spending so much money on roads that don't need working on, there are so much work to do around St.Lucia. Why they focus so much on the Gros Islet highway, if they thinking of putting the Gros Islet the capital of St.Lucia they lie cause they will be out before it happens, because kenny don't know how much I want him out.

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  7. What about all those young people without jobs how will they benefit from this in the short term?these companies which builds the roads already have they employees

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  8. So much things to do but they spending money on a road which can stay as it is for a little longer...this government doesn't kno the difference between needs and wants

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  9. I really think this joker is taking the intelligence of Saint Lucians for granted. Are you saying that by adding two roads to a road network which is not more than 4 miles in length will have such a significant effect that it will significantly improve the investment climate in Saint Lucia.

    Give me a break, people are not so foolish to believe that garbage. Why not focus on the problems in the country, whyt not create permmanent employment as opposed to the handout culture and 3 month stints, instead of wasting money on nothing projects #SMDH I am not impressed AT ALL

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    • It benefits them the colie man at corinth supporting them he will get the contract and provide funding for their political campaign also its jobs for the boys the engineers and othe small contractors supporting labour

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  10. unless there are accommodation to exit the main road to gas stations, shopping malls,ect... there could be two lanes all over the island there will still be traffic, even worse. What we need is exit lanes

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  11. You mean to boost your bank account investments. Jackasses there is no way there will be an alleviation of traffic congestion in the north unless the road network is totally reconfigured. No amount of road rehab can solve this. Wasnt the Vigie Choc road rehab suppose to alleviate traffic? Same tired old ideas. Yall need to go

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  12. Remember when they were advertising the revised highway they showed two trucks per lane. Look how well that worked out.

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  13. Only one part of the country needs better roads to open large areas for future investment....the neglected continues to remain neglected, inclusive of your constituency Kenny.

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