The Unity Labour Party Manifesto 2015
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The ULP Government has repaired, rebuilt, and built far more miles of roads (main, village/community, feeder roads) than any government in the history of St. Vincent and the Grenadines. Still there is much more to be done in this regard to rebuild/repair those roads, particularly secondary roads and feeder roads, nationwide which are in a state of disrepair. It is an ever-growing costly exercise in a country with a mountainous terrain, heavy rainfall, hitherto ill-constructed roads, increased heavy-duty traffic, and a neglect of feeder roads and several village roads/bridges by the NDP over their 17 years in office.
Since 2001, the ULP government has implemented major public works programmes including rebuilding the entire Windward Highway from Richmond Hill to Fancy; constructing the Bridge over the Rabacca Dry River; the rehabilitation of the Vigie Highway; the rebuilding currently of the South Leeward Highway; (Hospital Road to Layou Post Office); the Layou waterfront and other major sea and river defences; rebuilding over a dozen major bridges and currently rebuilding more; and repairing/rebuilding dozens of miles of village roads and feeder roads.
Over the next five years, the ULP administration will:
✔ Implement: (i) the EC $110 million programme financed by soft loans from the World Bank for roads, bridges, sea and river defences under the Regional Disaster Vulnerability Rehabilitation Project; (ii) the $62 million soft-loans from the CDB for similar physical works connected to the recent natural disasters; (iii) the $24 million dollar grant from the European Union for roads and bridges consequent upon the 2013 natural disaster; (iv) the $13.5 million grant from Mexico to build the bridges and river defences in Spring (Leeward); (v) the $30 million feeder road and village road programme under the 11th EDF financed by a grant from the European Union;
✔ Implement the EC $80 million feeder Road Rehabilitation Programme through soft-loans from a consortium of funding entities in the Middle East;
✔ Continue to rebuild the South Leeward Highway, costing EC $26 million;
✔ Implement a component of the Banana Accompanying Measures (BAM) for feeder road development of $8 million through grant funding from the European Union;
✔ Resurface the deteriorating sections on the main access/travelling roadways (including Layou to FitzHughes), and correct the dangerous roadways in North Leeward. (Resources exist under the RDVRP for this latter purpose); the technical preparatory work is already underway;
✔ Explore actively the feasibility of a tunnel under Cane Garden point, linking Arnos Vale to the area of the Cruise Ship Terminal; technical preparatory work is already being done;
✔ Pursue the completion, in stages, of the Cross Country Road;
✔ Train more professionals in the technical areas touching and concerning the construction of roads, bridges, river and sea defences;
✔ Facilitate the building of capacity within the private sector road construction and buildings’ construction industries;
✔ Develop, and implement, a comprehensive Road Traffic Plan, especially in and out of Kingstown;
✔ Facilitate the streamlining and improvement of the public transport system
A MAJOR LEGACY FOR ROAD CONSTRUCTION OF THE ARGYLE INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT
The Government owns three top-of-the-line plants at Argyle: The Stone-Crushing Plan; the Asphalt Plant; and the Concrete Batching Plant. Additionally, there are several items of heavy-duty vehicles and equipment to be used in the road construction programmes. These are a major legacy of our airport development. Our nation is poised for the largest road and bridge construction, river and sea defence rehabilitation in the history of St. Vincent and the Grenadines. Only the ULP can achieve this!
ENSURING ROAD SAFETY
The number of motor vehicles on the roads in St. Vincent and the Grenadines has increased from almost 8,000 in 2001 to over 24,000 today! This fact plus careless and reckless driving by some drivers have compromised road safety. Correctives are thus urgently required. As soon as the ULP government is re-elected, a comprehensive package of road safety measures would be further implemented in addition to those currently in place. This package will include: More, and better, all-round training of drivers; better-maintained vehicles; an updated and modern Motor Vehicles and Road Traffic Law; more diligent policing and implementation of the road traffic law and regulations; and an improved road network. The minibus operators must be made to lift their game by way of their own improvements and by regulation.