Mauritius: The Prime Minister, Mr Pravind Kumar Jugnauth, performed, today in Pierrefonds, the groundbreaking ceremony for Phase 2 of the La Vigie-La Brasserie-Beaux Songes Link Road project.
The Minister of Environment, Solid Waste Management and Climate Change, Mr Kavydass Ramano; Minister of National Infrastructure and Community Development, Mr Mahendranuth Sharma Hurreeram; Members of Parliament; and other personalities were present on this occasion.
In a statement, Prime Minister Jugnauth highlighted that the Government’s endeavour to modernise road infrastructure across the country, with the main objective of enabling the population to travel smoothly from one region to another despite the growing number of vehicles on our roads, is ongoing. The aim of Phase 2 of the La Vigie-La Brasserie-Beaux Songes Link Road project, he emphasised, is to enhance the quality of life of citizens by easing their safe movement between the central and western regions of the island and help them save time as well as fuel.
Speaking about Government’s vision for a healthy population, the Prime Minister underlined that the La Vigie-La Brasserie-Beaux Songes Link Road, as well as the new road to be built from Pierrefonds to Flic-en-Flac, will also comprise a bicycle lane spanning over some 24 kilometres. He pointed out that all new road infrastructure projects will henceforth, as far as possible, include a bicycle lane in a bid to encourage citizens to practice physical activity to stay healthy.
Furthermore, he added that the Flic-en-Flac Bypass, from Pierrefonds to Flic-en-Flac, is already being looked into and that works are expected to start in the coming months.
Phase 2 of the project, to the tune of some Rs 1.3 billion, spans over 9.5 kilometres and is expected to be completed by October 2024. It is a continuity from the Marie Road (B102) at La Marie, passes through Henrietta, Holyrood and ends at Pierrefonds. This new road will link the Palma Road (B2) and the Phoenix-Beaux Songes Road (B130), thus improving accessibility to the regions of Palma, Bassin, and Solferino, amongst others.
The works for Phase 2 involve, amongst others, the construction of: approximately 9.5 kilometres of single carriageway, each consisting of 7.0 metres wide carriageway and 1.5 metres wide paved shoulder on both sides in the flexible pavement with a crushed stone sub base, a bituminous concrete wearing course and a road reserve; five concrete bridges, box culverts and provision of various drainage structures; and four roundabouts and associated slip lanes.