Piaye bridge completed!

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Piaye bridge completed!
The men and women who worked tirelessly on the bridge poses with Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Port Services and Transport, Philip J. Pierre moments before the bridge was opened.
The men and women who worked tirelessly on the bridge poses with Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Port Services and Transport, Philip J. Pierre moments before the bridge was opened.

The Piaye bridge is now open to traffic.

The bridge was opened Monday night, Jan. 6, one day after another major arterial bridge in Canaries was also opened.

Both bridges were destroyed by flood waters during the severe Christmas Eve trough which resulted in six deaths and destroyed roads, houses, businesses and smaller bridges.

Workers putting the finishing touches on the Piaye bridge which was completed Monday evening.

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.”

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  1. hats off to the men and women who worked their ass off day and night to see this through. too often we take civil servants for granted. job well done

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  2. This is indeed a great achievement. Sadly, some people at this time are simply being negative at what should be a relief to everyone in Saint Lucia.
    @AA - I don't think the bridges which failed had much to do with the engineers at the MIPST and their competency. Both bridges that were at Piaye and Canaries were bailey bridges which were installed in the wake of Hurricane Allen back in 1980. The same for the Anse la Raye Bridge. Bailey bridges are meant to be temporary structures that can be brought in quickly after an emergency and installed without too much equipment. Thus, those structures lasted long as it is.

    @? - In response to your question about 2 lanes, again, the bailey bridge is essentially a one lane structure. Its predesigned that way, again for simplicity. While you can achieve 2 lane structures or use 2 adjoining bailey bridge structures you would appreciate that the new bridges at Canaries and Piaye were pre-ordered for emergency situations just as this one. Also, the supporting abutment upon which the bridge span must be fixed probably was not wide enough to support a 2 lane structure. I'm sure when a permanent structure is to be built the design will be able to accommodate 2-way flows. In such circumstances, however, the important issue is to allow safe flow of traffic. The traffic volumes on that road in any case do not currently cause any long length of queuing on either end of that one lane structure at Piaye.

    @Anonymous - Again, Bailey Bridges are "flat bridges." There's nothing altogether wrong with that once there's sufficient clearance below.

    Good job to the Government of Saint Lucia and in particular the MIPST team for allowing safe and continuous traffic flow island wide in under 2 weeks of the rains of Dec 24th! Bravo!

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  3. ROTFL.

    Its so obvious that the Ministry for infrastructure has no Real Engineers who is capable of building bridges.

    When is this Government going to out-source better qualified Expert Engineers to get us out of this hell hole we've found ourselves in?

    How many bridges must the torrential rains happily wash away,for this Ministry figure out, that their Engineers aren't worth a loaf of bread?

    It is almost predictive now, for one to count how this this "TOY," that they call a bridge is destroyed.

    This is embarrassing.

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    • Hey fool. Its called a BAILEY BRIDGE and are used in emergency situations. They gov't has a stock for events such as this one. OK fool. The engineers did not design this. What they did was be pro active n intelligent enuff to know that a force of nature incl an earthquake can destroy any bridge designed yur Real Engineers. Therefore in the wake of such here we present to fools like u a BAILEY BRIDGE which can be mounted up in days. OK FOOL

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      • Rotfl! @ 'wow'
        Yeah, like the Ministry for Infrastructure has any Engineers who is capable of building any bridge to withstand even the heat of day. hahaha.

        You Klown! 🙂

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    • this is a dumb comment. How would you know that none of the persons are qualified??? Based on their looks?? Grow up because i met lots of big engineers and they look the same way

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      • We don't want to hear the truth when it comes the "decrepit" ills of this island, when it comes to its Infrastructure. But I'm not here to "sugar-coat," anything or make morons feel good about themselves when they've not able to do crap, other than feed off the public purse with little to show.

        From poor road construction, to their inability to design and build bridges through their "Fly-by" Engineers is all here for all to see.

        Until we demand safer and better from those in-charge, then we're only supporting mediocrity.

        As i said, the Government needs to out-source their Engineers to build proper bridges.

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  4. It's a new bridge why couldn't it be a two lane? And having a curve at the bass or top of the bridge is much sounder than its being flat, look it up.

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  5. concerned citizen,u brought it up with that give jack jacket me ass thing uwpees, u upset now? u shut the hell up. jackass

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  6. It's not hard to know the unschooled, why do we have to bring in UWP, SLP, this is our nation our ppl are the ones affected whether it is SLP, UWP or any P we all are LUCIANS, its time we stop that nonsense, what u should be doing is thanking the men and women who worked tirelessly to ensure that the bridge was back or keep your mouth SHUT

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  7. we need another trough for more photo ops for these slp's, disgusting. uwps never took photos after rebuilding.

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  8. Great response by the government of St.Lucia and the workers of the Infrastructure Ministry after the Christmas eve trough.

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  9. You jackass politics should not be involved in this. We pay taxes so what ever party that's in power should provide the funds for this. What about the grande Riviere has been in a mess for years, what has been done? Only when its broken it will be fixed.

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  10. Hearts off to the workers who has sleepless nights trying to make a safe way for ourselves. Any and every government of the day have the responsibility to its people be it SLP,UWP,LPM etc, Generally it is sad that there are still many high risk landslides around the island like the one in etangs by sand and ballast, is the government waiting for one of their boy to finish one area and deploy them there when there are so many persons in the area with equipment close by. We saw a different approach after Tomas all being said to the government I know it is a challenging time, the bible says "If my people shall turn from their wicked way and seek my face I will heal their land" That's includes you all politicians who are our leaders, don't continue to contribute to the curse of our country, Repent and forgive!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  11. Thank you for the bridge this morning :)! Did not have to drive through the treacherous river this morning. Relieved!

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  12. Getting the bailey bridges was the best pro-active thing this government has ever done...and they even went to Parliament for approval, so I commend them. Hope all politicians can be more pro-active instead of the constant reacting.

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  13. Job well done. we did not need no consultant and big time contractor to claim millions of dollars. I hope ppl begin to respect civil servants who deserve respect. MIPST MIPST MIPST.

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  14. Kudos to the government and the men and women who work tirelessly to bring this to completion, UWPees give jack his jacket

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