This move comes some three months after a construction worker was crushed to death due to the partial collapse of the construction site. Another construction staff was also injured.
It is believed that a container truck, which had just travelled along that route, had de-stabilised the foundation of the site, which may have caused the collapse.
The dead man, Francis Alexander, also known as ‘Roti’ of Goodlands, Castries, got buried under a thick layer of sand and bricks. An excavator dug up the remains of the dead man, which was buried a few feet below the sand and bricks.
However, Coordinator of the Ministry of Infrastructure project Jude Regis told St Lucia News Online (SNO) today (May 29) that the speed bumps were not erected as a direct result of the incident at the construction site.
Regis explained that the project is part of a wider plan to target areas where they feel persons are speeding on the roadways and could lead to accidents. Barre D’ Lisle, he noted, was one of the areas on the list, scheduled to have speed bumps aimed at reducing speed.
“Part of the speed bumps is more or less to slow down the traffic. It is a means of regulating the traffic in the area … and especially near a construction site where you have workers, you have vehicle coming in and heavy equipment moving around,” he explained.
While he could not provide more details on the project which is being done island-wide, Regis said that there are other targeted areas, where speed bumps would be erected over the coming months.