By Admin. Updated 8:22 a.m., Wednesday, October 28, 2020, Atlantic Standard Time (GMT-4).
Kingstown, St. Vincent (ONE NEWS SVG) – The elected representative for the North Windward constituency, Montgomery Daniel said he plans to construct bridges at Noel, in Sandy Bay, and at Overland in the constituency.
In recent times, the sections of the main road on which waterways flow in the two areas are made impassable whenever there is excessively heavy rainfall.
Some officials have blamed climate change for the increase in the frequency of floodings in the areas.
At the Unity Labour Party (ULP) youth manifesto launch on Sunday (October 27), Mr. Daniel listed the construction of the bridges are one of three projects he wants to finish, so as to not “leave an unfinished task”.
Some of the other listed projects include the completion of the Sea Defense Project at Sandy Bay to combat rapid coastal erosion, the expansion of the arrowroot industry, and the construction of new secondary school at Sandy Bay.
He also said he wants to repair more houses to further improve housing in the constituency.
THE NEED FOR BRIDGES AT NOEL AND OVERLAND
There was a time when the absence of a bridge over the Rabacca Dry River prevented access to and from communities beyond the river, whenever it rained heavily.
The building of the Rabacca bridge and the Lady Jane bridge next to it solved the problem, ensuring safe passage in times of heavy rains.
But, at least three new challenges have emerged further north and over the last decade or so, making sections of the main road impassable due to heavy rains.
When the Windward Highway was constructed, the areas at Savannah Gutter, Overland, and Noel in Sandy Bay had small waterways that met sections of the main road.
The areas were not known for regular heavy flows of water and were allowed to run on lowered, horizontal surface drains across the roads.
The cause or contributing factors of the increased flow in those areas over the last few years, when there are heavy rains, are not conclusive.
But, some politicians such as Prime Minister Dr. Ralph Gonsalves and technical experts have publicly stated that issues such as Climate Change, and unsustainable environmental practices in the mountains are key issues.
The inconvenience caused to motorists in recent times has led some to call for the construction of bridges in the areas, especially at Noel and Savannah Gutter.