$ 22.3 million allocated for the Pointe Michel-Scotts Head Road Rehabilitation Project

Residents of Pointe Michel, Scotts Head and Gallion have been told that their long-awaited sea defense wall is coming.

On March 22nd, 2011, the Dominica Labour Party Government awarded the contract for the $22-million sea defence wall project to Co Williams and Company Limited.

The one-year contract will also make provisions for the road rehabilitation project in that community, which is set to commence in April.

Parliamentary Representative for the constituency Sam Martin says the project is a dream come true for the people of the twin communities.

According to him, the new project will bring tremendous relief to the people.

 “I must say that this government continues to demonstrate that level of commitment to the constituency. The people who have to travel this road every day will be relieved and bring employment for several others,” he said.

Meantime, Public Works Minister Rayburn Blackmoore told Monday’s contract-signing ceremony that while one of the objectives of the project is to protect the coastal infrastructure, government is also concerned about the lives of the people.

He said in that regard government will be seeking further funding from a financial institution to extend the wall.

 “We are taking about a wall of 750 meters in length and we are negotiating to have the balance of the wall to take us to the end of the village,” he said.

The main element of the proposed work include the construction of the road to allow safe two-way traffic, associated signage and speed reduction measures, provisions for sidewalk, parking and drainage, sea defence comprising of reinforced concrete walls and associated rock protection with allowance for access to the sea.

The project topped the government’s priority project list, after hurricane Dean caused serious damage to a number of coastal areas in 2007.

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