GIS – 22 August 2018: ‘Government is more that determined to endow the population with the most modern road infrastructure with an earmarked budget of Rs 37 billion over the next three years for the massive road development project across the island. However, alongside the modernisation of road infrastructure, road safety and security should be a matter of concern to each and every Mauritian so as to reduce accidents and fatalities on our roads’.
The Prime Minister, Minister of Home Affairs, External Communications and National Development Unit, Minister of Finance and Economic Development, Mr Pravind Kumar Jugnauth, made this statement yesterday afternoon at the inauguration of the Saint Julien Bypass at Saint Julien D’Hotman.
Prime Minister Jugnauth expressed his vision of transforming Mauritius into a modern country with state-of-the-art infrastructure and road network system which will also include the coming into operation of the Metro Express project by September 2019 to ease traffic congestion. He highlighted the requisite of improving road infrastructures in line with international standards and norms which he added will eventually help position Mauritius on the next level of development.
Moreover, the Prime Minister dwelt on the various projects that are underway across the island under the Road Decongestion Programme. These comprise the two major road infrastructure ventures necessitating an investment of around Rs 5 billion, namely: the grade separated junction at Jumbo/Phoenix/Dowlut Roundabouts which will include three flyovers; and, the construction of the A1-M1 Link Road and Bridge of a length of 350 m and height of 90 m as well as the longest bridge in Mauritius to alleviate traffic congestion from Coromandel, Beau Bassin and Rose Hill to Port Louis and which is scheduled to be completed by 2020.
Prime Minister Jugnauth further recalled that in 2015 Government implemented the Integrated National Transport Network which comprised several projects, that is, the construction of the following road infrastructure: Grade Separated Junctions at Pont Fer, Jumbo and Valentina Roundabouts; A1-M1 Link Road and Bridge; A1-A3 Link Road; fly-over at Deschartres; flyover at Quay D; and, Ring Road Phases 2 and 3. Government is implementing the Metro Express Project along the corridor Curepipe-Port Louis and reviewing the transportation network at Ebène to modernise the transport sector and reduce traffic congestion, he added.
In addition, the Prime Minister appealed to the population to shoulder more responsibilities on the road to avoid road accidents which is on an alarming growth and stressed that road safety is the concern of every citizen. He cautioned a zero tolerance approach and severe sanctions against road offenders.
For his part, the Minister of Public Infrastructure and Land Transport, Mr Nandcoomar Bodha, spoke of the modern road infrastructure venture that will help transform the road network landscape and build a modern Mauritius to respond to the aspirations of its citizens. Over the years, he stated, Mauritius will witness a huge transformation with regards to its road network. Mauritians have to be more responsible on the roads, the Minister emphasised. The law will be enforced and more measures will be adopted to help decrease road accidents among pedestrians and two-wheelers which are more prone to accidents, he added.
Saint Julien Bypass
The contract for the construction of the St Julien Bypass of 3.5km was awarded to Transinvest Construction Ltd to the tune of around Rs 228 million. Construction works started in April 2017 and completed in August 2018.
The St Julien Bypass starts with a roundabout along Higginson (B24) Road before the village of St Julien d’Hotman, bypasses the village over a total stretch of 3.5km and ends with a T-Junction along B24 Road. The project will help improve road geometry and enhance safety for both pedestrians and vehicles while at the same decrease travel time and vehicle operating costs.
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