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The Ministry of Infrastructure has announced plans to address the concerns of residents who are distressed over the state of the Guyabois Road in Saltibus.
The residents told St. Lucia Times that the road had become impassable.
Artist Olivette ‘Oli’ Wallace said she had to shelve plans to establish an art studio.
“It got worse over the past couple of years,” Wallace said regarding the road.
“It’s tourist season, so I was planning to get my art studio over there and I had some other plans, hoping to do with village tourism to get people to actually come over. But the road is impassable,” she told St. Lucia Times.
Wallace said she had not been able to start building.
Infrastructure Ministry spokesman Miguel Fevrier recalled that some months ago, Infrastructure Minister Stephenson King and a team visited various roads, including the Guyabois Road.
He explained that King was exploring various options to fix the road, including using base material.
However, the Infrastructure Ministry spokesman said they realised that would have been an exercise in futility.
“Putting the base material without sealing it would have eventually led to the base material being washed off the road,” Fevrier told St. Lucia Times.
He disclosed that another option involved fixing the entire road in phases due to its length, and King intended to do so immediately.
Fevrier said it would have been a costly venture.
However, the need for emergency intervention elsewhere interfered with the plan.
“But as the Prime Minister indicated, next year would be the year for infrastructure, and the Minister did indicate that in the new year, we are looking at going ahead with our plans (regarding) Guyabois road and other roadways, once funding is available,” he stated.
“We are going to look at the plan that we had in mind to do the Guyabois road in phases,” Fevrier said.
“I do know a plan and a costing would have been drawn up by the responsible engineers and submitted to the Chief Engineer,” the Ministry spokesman explained.