The Canaries bridge is now open to traffic.
The Canaries bridge was among several bridges destroyed or damaged island-wide by flooding as a result of the severe trough system on Christmas Eve 2013.
The announcement of the bridge’s opening was made today, Sunday, Jan. 5 by the prime minister’s press secretary, Jadia Jn Pierre-Emmanuel, on Facebook.
“I wish to express my heartfelt thanks to the Ministry of Infrastructure for your commitment. You worked day and night to get this done! A special thank you to citizens for your patience!” the press secretary said, adding that the Piaye bridge is coming along.
He said: “Our infrastructure, some of which was already compromised by Hurricane Tomas, has taken a further battering. Apart from the collapse of the highway from Castries to Vieux Fort in two areas, Volet and Alenne, we have lost two major arterial bridges, one at Piaye and the other at Canaries. In addition, some three smaller bridges, two in Vieux Fort North, have collapsed.
“The bridge at Grande Riviere in Dennery North has been further compromised, necessitating that a bypass be constructed as soon as possible to avert major failure. Fortunately, prior to the trough, the government of Saint Lucia had received funding from ALBA for the construction of a new replacement bridge. The Choc Bridge has had to be re-enforced to withstand the heavy flow of traffic to the north. Major repair work will have to be done to rehabilitate several sections of our highways. Work will continue to remove slides in affected areas. Some slides, for example, in Venus, will take some time to resolve.”