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.
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.”