Photos submitted to St. Lucia News Online (SNO) today (June 23) show a partial collapse of the $1.7 million ALBA-funded bridge which will link the Vieux Fort North community of Belle Vue and Desruisseaux in Micoud South.
When contacted about the news tip, Executive Assistant to the Minister of Infrastructure Silas Wilson said he is not aware of the collapse but said based on the description information given, the matter is a non-issue and a non-story.
Wilson said the bridge is still under construction and is closed to the public, suggesting that such hiccups are sometimes expected during construction projects.
Efforts by SNO to reach officials directly linked to the project have so far proved futile.
The De Mailley Bridge Reconstruction project’s sod-turning ceremony took place in February 2014.
The bridge, which was damaged by Hurricane Tomas in 2010, will cost $1,769, 965.40.
It is one of three of such structures which are being financed by ALBA through grant funds.
The two-lane reinforced concrete bridge project is expected to last seven months.