Grenada’s roads that link rural communities, cities, and ports are in need of improvement, and a $1.2 million grant will fund a feasibility study for required upgrades. The Board of Directors of the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) approved a grant of £930,000 (US$1.2 million) to the government of Grenada, to prepare a feasibility study and detailed designs for the upgrade of the western road corridor.
The road runs between the capital city, St George’s in the southwest of Grenada, and Victoria in the northern parish of St Mark. According to Andrew Dupigny, head of infrastructure partnerships at CDB, it is one of three main road corridors in Grenada. “This project will allow the government to determine the most cost-effective way to upgrade the road, while taking into account the provision of all-weather road access, improvement in the geometry, stability, drainage features and signage,” Dupigny said.
Funds are being provided by the United Kingdom Caribbean Infrastructure Partnership Fund (UKCIF), which is administered by CDB. UKCIF provides grant financing to eight Caribbean countries eligible for Overseas Development Assistance, and UK Overseas Territory, Montserrat. Additional funding of £70,000 will be provided by the government of Grenada.