Castries, Saint Lucia: The Government of Saint Lucia will be undertaking the rehabilitation of the roadway between the Gros-Islet junction and Cap Estate.
The Minister for Infrastructure, Ports, Transport, Physical Development and Urban Renewal, Stephenson King, explained that the road is being prioritized due to the urgent need for repair.
“We have extended invitations to local contractors to present their bids for consideration, and it is my anticipation that in the coming weeks, an award will be granted,” Minister King said.
He added that government consideration is also being given to the improvement of the Sir Julian Hunte Highway (JHH).
“This road from the Choc bridge to Gros Islet is under serious consideration, and we are hoping that soon approval will be granted for this entire road to be done under a program to be funded by the Kuwait Fund.”
The announcement was made at the renaming ceremony of the Sir Julian Hunte Highway on Sunday, Aug. 14.
The Castries to Gros-Islet Highway was renamed in honour of Sir Julian Robert Hunte earlier this week. The honour is due to Sir Julian Hunte’s contributions to the country and the community of Gros Islet.
Sir Julian remained as a member of Parliament from 1987 to 1996. He was instrumental in the establishment of Saint Lucia National Trust and also contributed to Saint Lucia’s sporting landscape.
Minister for Youth Development and Sports and Parliamentary Representative for Gros Islet, Kenson Casimir, described the event as long overdue, while the Prime Minister of Saint Lucia, Hon. Philip J. Pierre described Sir Julian Hunte’s contributions to the community of Gros Islet as legendary.
Julian Hunte’s granddaughter, Jaye Renee Hunte, thanked the Government of Saint Lucia for the honor on his behalf. The renaming ceremony was held on Sunday, Aug. 15, 2022.