The Dominica/China Friendship Bridge in Roseau

It starts at the new Dominica/China Friendship Bridge in the capital and extends for miles into the northern part of the country, ending in the town of Portsmouth.

The Edward Oliver Leblanc Highway, rehabilitated with Chinese funds totaling $100 million, is having its completion ceremony on Friday, with the Chinese company which undertook the work to officially hand over the road to the Dominica Government.

The government has described that project as part of its overall efforts to rehabilitate the country’s main roads to get them to internationally accepted standards.

Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit says the rehabilitated road will now make life easier for motorists travelling between the capital city Roseau and the town of Portsmouth, especially bus drivers who depend on good roads to enhance their livelihood.

Commenting ahead of Friday’s ceremony, the Prime Minister said in addition to the West Coast road,  the government was introducing a $20 million dollar road rehabilitation project that would see the re-surfacing of several roads around the country.

“Driving to and from Vieille Case or to and from Portsmouth from Roseau is a dream now, you no longer have to be negotiating major potholes or other hindrances on the road, it’s a major improvement,” he said of the West Coast Road, while expressing the hope that other roads up for rehabilitation would also enjoy that kind of standard.

The West Coast Rehabilitated road is being named after Dominica’s first Premier, Edward Oliver Leblanc.

His association with the initial construction of the road is something expected to be highlighted at Friday’s Completion ceremony.

The ceremony is expected to take place in Mahaut at 2:30 pm.