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Tuesday, June 28, 2005 - The patience of Saint Lucians is being requested as the country prepares undertake a series of projects which will involve heavy construction activity.

The list of projects include the continuing repair works on the East Coast Road, repairs to the runway at the George FL Charles Airport, remodelling of the Beausejour Cricket Ground, rehabilitation of the Castries/Gros-Islet Highway, the start of the new hospital complex and impending infrastructural works to improve the island’s water sector.

Prime Minister Honourable Dr. Kenny Anthony in his weekly radio address, ‘Conversation with the Nation’ says the activity which will intensify with the infrastructural water sector project will test the patience of those within the location of the works and the Saint Lucian population as a whole once these projects get off the ground.

Part of water project will involve excavation works for the laying of pipelines between a newly installed water tank at Morne Fortune through to Hill 20 at Babonneau. Prime Minister Anthony says this will result in road closures and possible one lane traffic.

“So citizens who live in this area as well as those who normally use this route to go to Forestierre, Ti Rocher and environs are asked to exercise extreme caution when using the road. I know this construction activity will wear thin the patience of drivers, pedestrians and residents of the community but I wish to urge your understanding while the government attempts to ensure that there is a reasonable supply of water to the community and residence further north.”

The project will also involve the upgrading of pumps at the Roseau Dam and the replacement of old pipelines to eliminate the bottleneck that presently exists in the transportation of water between the John Compton Dam and the Treatment Plant at Ciceron.
Dr. Anthony says the intense period of construction activity could bring more inconvenience as projects will continue or start in the current hurricane season.

“So you can well imagine how affected person will feel as all these scheduled activities will be undertaken during periods of heavy downpours, since it is expected that we will have an active hurricane season. We are all going to feel irritated and annoyed during this period of activity and some will be looking for someone to blame.”

Dr. Anthony says construction activity to be undertaken by private organizations including the construction of new hotel properties and the upgrade of existing ones will add to the frustration. Dr. Anthony says the activity though it may be aggravating to some must be done as the country develops and prepares for Cricket World Cup 2007.

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