PHOTO: Canaries bridge open

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PHOTO: Canaries bridge open
Canaries bridge * Press Secretary photo
Canaries bridge now open to traffic. * Press Secretary photo

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.


In a statement released on Dec. 30, 2013, Prime Minister Dr. Kenny Anthony gave an update on the damage caused by the flooding.

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.”

Canaries bridge destroyed during the flooding.
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  1. Do people really believe that this was not a phenomenal feat? SLucians wake up and smell the coffee. I suppose we should build a bridge and let motorists and pedestrians wait to get a means to cross over while the govt identify the funds,put out the bids,accept a tender, mobilise a contractor,wait for the materials etc etc Pea brain people in this c
    ountry

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  2. Thank you for the bridge but the big concern is what is being done to alleviate the flooding. Since Tomas we've been going under with a drizzle. I need the officials to do something about the river; there is too much sediment. It's going to cost a lot but my poor village will experience this again if the problem is ignored.

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  3. I am asking the Government of Saint Lucia, to out-source Real Engineers to build our bridges.

    It is extremely embarrassing (as a people,) to have a ministry with such mediocre and inept individuals who have NO clue, how to design and build a bridge.

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  4. Trough damage bridge.....bridge replaced within 2 wks.....more complaints......good God I am thankful that the people of canaries can commute to and from the village ......kids can go to school....the sick can get to medical facilities.....and yes they can get supplies to affected people......but father remind Pip we need a bigger bridge...but in the interim we gladly accept this one.....fullstop.

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  5. Lucians are very stupid.You hear them on the talks shows daily and here's another instance.Instead of praising the ministry for releiving their ass in this time of distress here they are talking shit about new bridge.What a shame.You see the smilarities in the nigerian movies they watch everyday with a little extra (politics)

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    • Sorry to say it but I agree. Does anyone have to tell these people that any bridge built in two weeks is temporary? A house takes months to complete construction but a bridge, expected to last for years and accommodate thousands of tons of traffic, the elements etc over its lifetime can take two weeks to construct. And to think that common sense is supposed to widespread.

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  6. We are in the 21st centuary we do not need single lane bridges . Where in the world can you find single lane bridges to accomodate so much traffic? I believe only in the Caribbean.

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  7. Before they build a new bridge, they need to open the river before and after the area where they're going to build the bridge. They also need to construct the bridge in an arc shape and not flat to accommodation more water. Capacity restraint is the problem, bridges should be wider.

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  8. Stop building brick abrack bridges build solid roads with strong foundations that can stand all the rain and flooding after a hurricane.
    we rush everything and then a storm hits and we have to rebuild again.
    Make this bridge a temporary one and build a new one much higher with good strong foundations.

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  9. here they are criticizing a temporary bridge...its like they used to poop in pit toilet and the flood went with it so the gov't give them a new pit toilet but this time its temporary...to be replaced with a standard toilet...they expect the standard toilet right away no matter what!!! ungrateful peeps...if u scared for your life when u cross the bridge...you can walk in the water or use a vehicle

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    • Who told you it is a temporary bridge? Jadia's report or release never said or indicated that. I would agree with you if you said that piece of crap look temporary but it is not. Sorry! Another piss in your eye they call rain.

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      • And i'm guessing somewhere on the report you saw something being said about it was a permanent bridge??????? i may have gotten piss in my eyes but you definitely got shit in your head

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  10. What a joke.
    Why can't our so-called "engineers" at the Ministry of infrastructure build bridges like REAL ENGINEERS DO?

    Why can't they do it?

    Bunch of JOKERS!

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    • SMFH. This is a bailey bridge which is used for emergency situations and to eb there temporarily. Ok this bridge is there temporarily as funding is being sought to construct the new bridge. Listen to news and stop criticising. On the contrary salute the Ministry for its work hvn the island motorable. We in the tourist season. Did u want it to remain with the bypass untill we get funding for the new bridge. Oh BTW those bridges if used would not cost us 11 million and save us a lot of money J.A..

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      • Get your critical thinking "Cap-on."
        We have had a history of this happening over and over. And this is "cultural" and "systematic" problem that keeps on going in a loop over and over. And we cannot continue to accept such nonsense when it impacts negatively on our transportation network and also on our coffers, since every-time we would rather do some shoddy job, with mediocre people and mindsets at the helm.

        We cannot continue on this trend.
        Government(S) must do the right thing for once.
        I am tired of this embarrassing predictive catastrophe happening over and over again.

        See what happens when the next tropical wave hits.

        Point your fingers to yourself and the asses who continue to be party hacks to a failing island.

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      • "WOW," I would rather you refute my claims that we have "NO" engineers on island or employed in the Ministry of infrastructure, capable of building or designing bridges to withstand any natural disasters ( not even for the first few hours,) being being a total jackass with your childish and immature rant.

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    • I must say great job.by the ministry of infrastructure..I really love to see that bridge. Keep it up .

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    • Just three questions. Couldn't this wait? Could we build a temporary bypass whiles we build something that is not ancient. Before some idiots tell me it is better than nothing, I think it is regressive. Is that happening because it is Canaries? I believe government's intention was to build something quick then boast about it as they are doing now. Do not play with the development of your main resource, your people.

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  11. Yes, indeed, it looks great! whether it's temporary or permanent. However, judging from what I can see my questions is, why is there no additional provisions made for pedestrians who venture to cross over this bridge? The most ethical thing to do is to include a walk path where users can safely walk across without being run over by oncoming vehicles. Then again, I forgot that this is St. Lucia where nothing is being done unless something bad happens. This also goes to show how the lives of citizens are continuously taken for granted, regardless of who we elect to govern our beautiful country. Moving forward, You be the judge....Are the days better or worse?

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    • Do you not understand that this is a temporary bridge which was erected within 2 weeks of the passage of the flood? Do you expect that it would not have all the features of a well planned, well designed, permanent bridge? Do you know whether the the previous bridge which has been in place for many years had any special provisions for pedestrians? Do you know whether there are any provisions to address the needs of pedestrians in the coming weeks?
      Think before you get on your high horse to criticise.
      The construction of a temporary bridge such as this within 2 weeks of the flooding is, by any standard, a phenomenal achievement for a developing country. All St. Lucians should be proud of this and the Government and the staff of the Ministry of Infrastructure deserve special commendation for this!

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      • Poor excuse!!! Year after year we see the same thing, but in different colours.. I guess in the meantime me and countless others wishing to cross over must wake up everyday and pray that no one gets hurt in the process, and wait until better days arrive. Lame.. absolutely, lame...

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      • You too seem disappointed with this piece of shit. Nowhere in the report it was mentioned that the bridge is a temporary bridge. Enjoy your bridge. I know. 2 weeks.

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        • Keba.......What they fail to realize is that the bridge is not temporary it's there for life finish done. I pray for no more heavy rain for a few years.

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