Government to Undertake Road Island-Wide Works
Minister of Public Works, Energy and Ports, Honourable Rayburn Blackmoore, says that the Government of Dominica is working on its quest to accomplish the reality of perfect roads in the country, by the year 2020.
He said although the roads are 65 percent traversable, this Government does not believe this is satisfactory and there is much more work to be done.
Mr. Blackmoore noted, in the 2013 to 2014 National Budget, the Prime Minister Honourable Roosevelt Skerrit, laid out a road template for works to be carried out on various road networks in Dominica.
He explained one of the major arteries they will be focusing on is from Pond Case to Delices.
“In terms of a holistic approach for the Eastern part of the country not only in the Delice area, we have been able to secure by way of grant facility funding from the European Union $6.5-million dollars.”
Some major interventions will be undertaken in the Delice area including a new bridge in the White River area and also in Boetica.
Another area which poses a challenge for the Government historically is just before entering Rosalie, an area very prone to landslides, so some serious excavation will be carried out there, and retaining walls will be built to ensure projection from the river.
He said this is all part of their plan for the roads on the eastern side of the country.
From Pond Case going back to Castle Bruce, Petite Soufriere and Hatton Gardens all have serious road projects they must undertake.
There have been discussions with the World Bank for funding, in addition to the Prime Minister’s efforts to source funds from the Chinese Government loan facility, available for the Caribbean basin, to the tune of over $3-billion dollars.
The minister noted, it will cost an estimated $140-million dollars, to properly fix the road from Pond Case going into Castle Bruce, Petite Soufriere, the Kalinago Territory and the Hatton Garden area.
Road works will also be carried out from Pointe Michel, all the way to Soufriere.
An analysis is currently being conducted for this area, for ideas as to what type of intervention can be undertaken to mitigate falling rocks.
Over the past few years he stated, a lot of work has been done on various roads, especially the Valley Road.
He said a by-pass road will be constructed, for the flow of traffic from Elmshall to the Dominica Community High School area, while they address the cliff issue.
The Government, he said, is currently undertaking a number of road projects, like those in Laudat to rehabilitate the main road, at a cost of $400,000; $300,000 for the Point Baptiste Road in Calibishie, road work in Jimmit and the rehabilitation of the drains at Purple Turtle and Lagoon in Portsmouth.
A further $2.5-million is being spent in Cottage, for rehabilitation of the road, in addition to the recently started Penville to Vielle Case road project.