With road conditions drawing the displeasure of motorists across the country, Senior Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Ports, Transport, Physical Development and Urban Renewal Stephenson King, yesterday issued a statement in the hope of getting motorists to understand his ministry’s position in relation to the island’s roads.
According to King, over the last two months; ever since the commencement of the Hurricane Season, there has been serious deterioration of Saint Lucia’s road network as a result of the predominant torrential rains which the Island has been experiencing so far this year.
“Unfortunately, the efforts by the Department of Infrastructure, Ports and Transport to implement its routine road maintenance programme have been marred by the adverse environmental working conditions caused by the persistency and frequency of both intermittent and torrential rain,” noted King.
However, he added that the Department of Infrastructure will continue its concentration on unclogging of drains, culverts and clearing roadways at this time, since it is impossible to conduct any serious or effective road repairs.
“The Department of Infrastructure, Ports and Transport is continuing its assessment of the damage caused to the country’s road network to date, in preparation for rehabilitative works, to be undertaken, once the climatic conditions improve,” King stated.
Meanwhile, the motoring public is encouraged to drive safely and exercise caution when navigating the roads to avoid loss of lives and damage to property.