Wednesday, June 7, 2006 – Chausee Road is now open to two-way traffic
after works to install a water main along that street was completed Tuesday June
6th, 2006. Drainage works on the Chausee had been completed for months now, but
the opening of the route was delayed because of problems experienced with the
replacement of the WASCO main.
According to Project Manager Mandish Singh, who is also the Director of the
Halcrow Group, workmen were busy Tuesday afternoon completing paving works to
make the road more motorable.
“That would be the majority, I would say, 95% of the work done on the Chausee.
There are a few remedial pieces of work remaining to be done, some drain inlets
where we need to install some grills, but that would not at all interfere with
the traffic during the installation of those grills,” Singh said.
Workmen is now focussing on works to be undertaken on the Darling Road as well
as drainage works on Jn. Baptiste Street. Mr. Singh anticipates that all works
on the Castries Flood Mitigation Project should be completed by the end of July.
“The works on the Darling which, in the next two weeks we are hoping to
commence, will involve the raising of Darling Road and the installation of flood
pipes as well as cleaning and refurbishing of the existing culvert under Darling
Road with the junction of Jn Baptiste Street. So it is quite critical that we've
gotten this piece of work behind us so we can move forward with the last part of
the works,” said the Director of the HALCRO Group.
The flood mitigation project was designed to deal with the problems of flooding
in that area. Apart from the installation of drains along Jn Baptiste Street and
the elevation of Darling Road, a retention pond, to collect much of the water
from smaller drains, was constructed in the George the Fifth Park. This is
expected to ease the pressures on existing drains during heavy rains.