Completion ceremony of Edward Oliver Leblanc Highway Friday

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.

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108 Comments

  1. daggy
    April 22, 2012

    the two chinese mules the have on the bridge what is the purpose na?

  2. LOCKIE
    April 21, 2012

    this is a major improvement. Hats off to the government of DA Dominicans drive with precaution.

  3. alas
    April 21, 2012

    dno dont have anyone who travels on the road who can take some pics so they can put up?

  4. DA man in Foreign.
    April 21, 2012

    We should praise Mr, Skerrit for the job on behalf of all Dominicans.We are still praising Eugenia Charles for the Bayfront project.

  5. Aye Dominique
    April 21, 2012

    Glad it is named after Mr. Leblanc, but we do not need a highway, we are direly in need of medical facility!!!!!

    Come on now……

    • What dey say de say
      April 21, 2012

      This is a real donkey statement…we need a hospital, we need infrastructure, we need a lot done in this country and with the help of God PM Skerrit will get us there.

      We need big steps in DA, but if we can get two at a time with no cost to Dominica, we will take it.

    • good girl sxm
      April 23, 2012

      YOUR HEAD NEED TO BE REALLY EXAMINED ON A BAD ROAD U DRIVE TO THE HOSPITAL THE PERSON MAYBE DEARD B4 THEY REACH AS IT IS U GOT A HOSPITAL B4 AND NOW ROAD MORE WILL COME DUMMY THEMAN GETTING ALL U CLOSE TO CIVILISATION SIT BACK AND RELAX .GOD ID IN CONTROL AND IS WORKING THROUGH HIS SON , DONT WORRY
      SKERRIT KEEP IT UP IF THEY DONT LIKE U ONLY ME DO.

  6. Anonymous
    April 20, 2012

    Is not the road is ther drivers they get good road they speeding so dont blame the road and hats off to the PM

  7. Eggleston
    April 20, 2012

    I read the first part of the article but this is something I have always been interested in, China and their projects. Not too long ago one of the big shots in government in St Lucia delivered a speech about her curiosity about the Chinese and I agreed with her. She said they are everywhere and she said that by doing all those things, the Chinese expect something in return. The Chinese are rubbing the little man of making bread because of the government allowing the Chinese to open stores and other shops everywhere. They are saturating the market, it’s like the government has not control.
    The way I see it is that these countries like ours are third world countries and we need the infra-structure to develop. I do not mind things like loans and the building of stadiums and airports by the Chinese. The thing is that when the government signs these contracts they must be careful and read the fine print. We should stand our ground and not let the Chinese have the majority of ownership of most of our huge businesses like allowing them to buy a ton of stocks in companies because the person with the most stock, they are the ones in control. They should not let the Chinese provide majority of the labor because the local people will not benefit from these projects, the Chinese hardly spend their cash in the local shops and supermarkets, all their food and clothing are important and if they do buy something they buy it from other Chinese, so I hope you can see where I am going with this. Not enough money is circulating in our local economy by the construction of these projects from the Chinese. This is just one of the examples. Another thing is that allowing the Chinese to buy huge amount of land and bring in stuff duty free to the islands, which is another problem. Customs are squeezing local people and the Chinese pay little or next to nothing to clear their products at customs. You never ask yourself a question why their products are so cheap. You think if they were paying the regular charges like other Dominicans that they would be able to offer those prices? This is just not good, when you saturate the country like this; there is no room for the local man to make bread.
    We should accept with caution and pay back all what was given to us before. We should also not get too comfortable as islands in receiving aid from China and the US because this will make us become lazy and complacent and not want to come up with new ideas to support ourselves. It’s like a boyfriend giving his girlfriend everything she wants or a girlfriend giving her boyfriend, she/he may never find a job to support his/her self because they will be taken care off. Now when China stops giving we will be in trouble because we have become spoiled and will not be able to support ourselves. Dominica has resources which we can use; the government needs to take a tougher look into how they can utilize these natural resources. I believe we all know that.
    In addition, we do not see or hear everything when these deals are taking place, in other words we do not see the “terms “of the agreement. Who knows what the Chinese wants in return. They may want something which might take years to come but in the end it will come and whatever that is might become a problem when it is time transfer it over to the Chinese.

    • Jr Mayor
      April 22, 2012

      Great post. I agree that China is not as benevolent as would appear. It wants to supplant the influence of the US in this hemisphere and it is doing it by surrogates such as the impoverised island nations like Dominica.

    • Bodo
      April 21, 2013

      In 2006 I went home and could not believe the number of Asian shops in Dominica.. My first impression was exactly what you just posted.. What do the Chinese what was my question? No one seemed to be able to answer that.. You point on being spoiled is dead on.. Also, very well said on the resources we have and we should find ways to utilize them.. I read this quote the other day and it and it points directly to this situation.. “When you get something for nothing, you just haven’t been billed for it yet”.. Wake up Dominica and all its neighboring islands.. You are being used.. Please don’t allow that to happen..

  8. Satelite
    April 20, 2012

    Please DNO, is it possible to view some photos of some sections of the road. That would be very interesting, at least for those of us who live outside of Dominica. Thank you in advance.

  9. HSE Director
    April 20, 2012

    WOW.WOW. Will this road be good enough for my Bugatti 16.4 Pur Sang,Ascari KZ2& my ferrari FT456 580bhp with s top speed of 298mph when i come home with my cars in December 2012. I am looking forward to celebrating my dreams in style on the Island after 34 years away.Please comment positively with no Dissing.

    • PROF. WIKILEAKS
      April 21, 2012

      The corners were engineered for high powered luxury cars, so bring them down. Make sure you asks for Profs when you come, I will take you around

    • LawieBawie
      April 21, 2012

      You full of doo-doo!!!!

    • daggy
      April 22, 2012

      u sot u doe even have shoe to put on your foot or soap to bathe.

    • October 14, 2012

      Why build a highway on wich u drive on de rong said of rod? How wel wil the chines do with bisnis, dey wil chew us up and spit us uot to the see!

  10. VIVA 1979
    April 20, 2012

    This question is for the students of BLACK history 101

    WHAT WAS THE CURRENCY USED TO PURCHASE BLACK PEOPLE IN WEST AFRICA, AND BRING THEM AS SLAVES TO THE CARIBBEAN AND AMERICA????

    HINT: LOOK NO FURTHER….

    IF WE CANT ANSWER THIS, WE DESERVE NO REPARATIONS FROM ANY FORMER SLAVE OWNER.

    • good girl sxm
      April 23, 2012

      COWRIES , MIRROW AND ETC

    • October 14, 2012

      Our black ancestors were shiped as slaves. Now slavery has no color, de hole world is slaving for de rich. Where it stop u tel me.

  11. african queen
    April 20, 2012

    All i can say is safe driving well done to all who contributed to making this road success. :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:

  12. Papa-Met
    April 20, 2012

    Thank You to our PM and the Chinese govmt….We do appreciate …Great Job done i no longer have to get up so early to go to town and reach with a headache…God Bless Dominica – God Bless Skerrit

  13. FLORIDA
    April 20, 2012

    Where are the lights on the Highway from Portsmouth to Roseau. No bicycle lane nor no emergency lane in the event of an emergency or breakdown, a motorist can pull into the hard shoulder.

    We need more lights around the city! And more highway traffic signs/road signs.

    • Sout Man
      April 22, 2012

      Other than the interstate highways, how many Florida highways that have emergency lanes? Should we concentrate on bicycle lanes for two bicycles while farmers need more feeder roads? Are you blown away by Florida’s reality and fantasy? You will soon demand a ‘Disney theme park’!!

  14. Sooth Sayer
    April 20, 2012

    Correcting the posted comments about E.O.LeBlanc saying not to name anything after him, that’s not what he said.

    What he said was (and he repeated this quite often) after he dies, he doesn’t care what people do, just don’t name anything after him while he is alive.

    • PROF. WIKILEAKS
      April 20, 2012

      You “doh” tired change your name bondieux…I looking for Sooth Sayer and this is the first time I seeing this name…How many names do you have garcon

    • VIVA 1979
      April 20, 2012

      lol wow ***I mean crossed T’s and dotted I’s***

      • Sout Man
        April 22, 2012

        Dominica has a population of about 70,000 people. If everyone owns a motor vehicle, that’s only 70,000 vehicles. Furthermore, the Edward Oliver Leblanc Highway serves the North and the West coast villages daily. The East, South East, South and Roseau Valley use other roadways daily to commute to Roseau. So we are left with less than 30,000. Why should we get carried away building 4 or 6 lane highways throughout when it will not be utilized for 75% of the time? Those in the United States should realize that a 4 or 6 lane highway carries millions of vehicles daily, both night and day. Do we have that kind of resource to spend and let it lay idle for 75% of the time and space.

        Naming the roadway after Premier Edward Oliver Leblanc is very appropriate, given his contribution to Dominica in road construction, rural electrification, school construction and pipe borne water. I’d like to see the Bellevue to Berekua, Tete Larlay to Tete Morne or the Larlay roadway named after Honorable Rayland St.Luce, Premier Leblanc’s “partner in crime”.

        Viva Labour!!

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    • Justice and Truth
      April 20, 2012

      @ Sooth Sayer

      It is customary that after people of a certain caliber pass on, a monument or whatever else is named in their honor. Leblanc may have been a shy person, in that, he did not want to be honored while he was alive.
      It is unfortunate that only after their death, they are honored. You know the saying, “Send me no flowers when I am gone. Give them to me when I am alive.” During their life they should be remembered in that manner when they could personally receive the honor for their achievements. Let them enjoy it while they are alive unless they have specifically stated it, as you stated, Leblanc did not want it. Maybe this should be changed.

  15. Anonymous
    April 20, 2012

    in everything give thanks but that is nothing more than a by-pass!

  16. yes i
    April 20, 2012

    what happen to the by-pass for massacre and mahaut?

    • BigMe
      April 20, 2012

      Was the bypass official or was it just talk by Dominicans who know it all?

    • dcfuj
      April 20, 2012

      exactly! that’s the worst part of the road!

    • Justice and Truth
      April 20, 2012

      @ yes i

      It will be constructed in time. Patience!

  17. PROF. WIKILEAKS
    April 20, 2012

    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.

    Rome was not built in a day, so thank you sir for the small efforts. I know Dominica doesn’t have that kind of money I see all this infrastructure going on, so you must know what you doing.

    Don’t be sidetracked by all those side shows

  18. Call it Right
    April 20, 2012

    How politicians manipulate the minds of the gullible. My intension is not to marginalize the achievement of the West Coast roadway REHABILITATION nor the stadium, nor the seawalls , and the other achievement by the current DLP . It is only deserving to give credit to the government for the various achievements be it a Chinese gift or loans, Venezuelan or domestic spending . The government and it’s apologist particularly those old enough to remember the terms of the last two administration should not attempt to blind fold the people with the impression that the west coast road rehabilitation or any other project done by this government has been unprecedented or not done by previous governments. I do understand that many of the party apologist and bloggers may be too young to know that the Freedom Party and the UW Party were able to rehabilitate major roadways and other infrastructural projects the same.

    During the first 5 years of the freedom party we saw the major road rehabilitation for example of the Portsmouth to Harten Garden road – A Sintra project well done , durable and set the stage for the glory days of the banana industry. During the same period we also saw the rehabilitation of the very same west coast road from Roseau to Layou ( by Nelotare) to include the new Layou Bridge(s). That project went up to the Layou park all the way to the Pocasse Junction. Again a major infrastructure for the thriving banana and agriculture industry. The first term of office brought the reconstruction of many roadways which had been destroyed during the hurricane David to include the Para Bridge in Portsmouth , the old Indian River Bridge. Sections of the West Coast road destroyed by the hurricane David and the following year Hurricane Frederick were also repaired by the then administration. Schools were built some repaired. The list goes on – all of which was done in the first five years notwithstanding the dilapidated economic condition left by the Labor Party administration of Patrick John that coupled with Hurricane Charles Saverin. I could go on to recount the many projects and development by the freedom party to include the cruise ship berths in Portsmouth and Roseau which now serve as the overstressed pillar of our economic survival – thanks to the present administration. I could get into schools , hospital, health centers, feeder roads, la Plaine area throughway, sea walls , a well executed education system that made us a productive nation etc , port expansion in Portsmouth and in Roseau..

    The UWP in 4.5 years also had a remarkable achievement; there were roadways built (new Roads and major road repair and rehabilitation ), feeder roads included, the Michael Douglas highway ( a class act I believe), Sea walls, schools, the revamping of a depleting banana industry, the introduction of the WCMF – a major tourist activity. I am sure that much more would have been done had the administration been given a chance to build on the very impressive work that the UWP had already done. Unfortunately we were lead to believe ( by the likes of the most corrupt administration ever) that the UWP was corrupt.

    These are all facts and they cannot be denied however I must point out that what is quite obvious is the great disparity in the economic development of the people now and during the days of the DFP and the UWP. During the days of the UWP and DFP the people benefited a whole lot from the various capital projects. I cannot honestly say the same for the current D LP

    • PROF. WIKILEAKS
      April 20, 2012

      Stop it, stop it…you are just a political hitman.

      Dominmica is moving forward, I can’t say the same about you.

      • Super ______e
        April 20, 2012

        That’s if you understand what you just read…lol

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      • VIVA 1979
        April 20, 2012

        wikileaks, i think they tied you to a chair and washed out you brain with a blue soap and clorox.
        I can’t beleive that someone can be so biased in their right mind…. no no no no. you need help
        yung sum won need to read the first paragraph to you in chinese maybe then you will show some balance and comprehension

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      • RATTY
        April 20, 2012

        Prof Wikileaks can you PLEASE tell me how many Dominicans benefited from this project?The CBR team came down with everything. From Heavy equipment,to trucks etc. If we were to do a rough calculation,40%of this is labour. Who were the labourers? the other 60% is materials and equipment.Who owned those equipment? The only benifit is the raw material which is sand,stones and bitumen which they could not import. Even the Tarish they got for free(I understood). In a nutshell over 90% went back to China. So Prof you see. Do you know if this was constructed by locals even food vendors would make a living. This is what capital projects are expected to do. How would you feel if you were to go to a bank for a loan to build and the loans officer would demand that you employee a particular contractor whilst you still have to pay the loan. I trust that you fully understand!!!!!!! It is nothing political it is just the reality.

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      • April 20, 2012

        smh…. Prof Wiki… you know it’s very sad when you simple bias comment has a higher % of like vs dislikes… and this post by ‘call it right’… which has a lil historical significance… has a higher % of dislikes vs likes…. and you help facilitate the ignorance of our people… shame on you and other blind followers

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      • PROF. WIKILEAKS
        April 20, 2012

        THIS IS RESPONSE TO RATTY…

        The Economic benefits that we derived from this poject is long and far reaching. This is a $100 Million that the Goverment did not have to loan to finance this project. That is a $100 million dollars that can be used elsewhere and otherwise.

        Yes quite a few people were employed and this is a testament that local benefited. Yes all local products were source through Dominica and that is money that remain in DA.

        So enought with the side show uwp/Q95 Politics and please look at the big picture.

        We Dont have to Tax Domincans for generations to pay for a loan.

        Soon the International Airport will come, but you so will hate on the CHinese too…

        Dominica is moving forward.

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    • Anonymous
      April 20, 2012

      “Call it WRONG”:Did you write this garbage with a straight face dude??????????

    • Sour Puss
      April 20, 2012

      Way Papa! You still standing by licking your wounds? It’s been over 10 years, get over it man! What new road can the UWP take credit for? The Delice to Petite Savanee road was not their idea. They inherited it from the Freedom Party. The same for the Primary School. Are you saying that it is the fault of this administration for the fall of the banana industry? It was dwindling before they came into power. List the feeder roads.
      The fact of the matter is, because we do not like this current administration, we will not give them credit where credit is due. There’s still a lot to be done, but lets be honest here, they have been trying to give to the people.

      Why didn’t you list some of the government’s achievements the way you listed the past administrations?

      • LOL
        April 20, 2012

        Rosie Douglas Warned that the Banana industry would fall in the 90’s I was a little child then, but remember going to meeting with m y parents and listening attentively to Rosie while he spoke. We got a few more years from Banana, great, but it was sure to die.

        We couldn’t produce at an internationally competitive price. That is the reality. Stop the BLAME GAME And get off your laurels and do something in your person lives. IF everyone takes responsibility for their own success together we will have a successful nation.

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    • fair lady
      April 20, 2012

      @ RATTY!!!

      The materials to construct the road were bought from local comapnies who hire local labour and who benefitted tremendously from the volume of materials sold such as the sand and the stone. even if many workers were not directly employed.

    • Call it Right
      April 20, 2012

      It shows the intelligence of the WIKILEAKS. He is yet to counteract or prove me wrong. Instead he makes a foolish sound or gaggle and run away. Be a real man/adult and dispute what I said.
      Stop making an A***** of your self dude.

  19. CANT BELIEVE IT
    April 20, 2012

    Well I will admit I am happy that the roads are better. It is nice to drive on a smoother surface and not have to hit or miss a pothole. My only hiccup is the finishing of the edges of the road. If we are talking international standards then we still have not meet it. Why have the edges been left undone? You cant pull off the road smoothly without heavy ‘colass’ touching under your car! What happens when there is heavy rains, the drains form part of a road project and they have not been done. We should demand better!!

    • I see
      April 20, 2012

      Wait till the next rainy season then you go see. Just like those $5 shoes that last for 1/2 a block in Roseau so too the roadway will decay. Remmember Blackmore and the engineers were unhappy and they shut them up. Pli ta Pli twist

  20. Super ______e
    April 20, 2012

    Excellent project. Much needed in a long time!

    This will benefit a lot of people in many ways. For example: motorists will save on vehicle maintenance and replacement of parts like shocks, rubbers, tires etc etc. It will also improve the flow of traffic in and out of the city. Passengers will have a smoother and quiet ride on buses every day.

    Now I am certainly not into that “good job skerrit” business. Roosevelt Skerrit did not shovel one hip of tarish, operated a dumper truck or asphalt plant. Moreover, Roosevelt Skerrit did not dig into his bank account and pay for this project. This was Dominica’s money. Whether or not he negotiated it, at the end of the day he is being employed by the people of domnica and collecting a salary to do just that and more. It is not a charity that Mr. Skerrit is doing for Dominica. I would say good job to the Chinese workers. I would also say kudos to THE GOVERNMENT (not Roosevelt skerrit) THE ENTIRE CABINET for approving this initiative.

    It is time that some Dominicans rise up from this political ignorance and stupidity.

    :lol: Give me my blows now. 8)

    • Dominican Abroad
      April 20, 2012

      Whatever! Remain bias if you want to but PM Skerrit is doing things that the DFP and UWP could only dream of, and I was a “Freedomrite”. Now, I am a Democrat.

  21. DA Man in Foreign
    April 20, 2012

    This PM thinks outside the box.Mr. Skerrit thank you.It is shameful for a Pal Rep to stay in office for 4 or 8 years and at the end of his term he cannot look back and see something of significance he did while he was in office.
    Some of them travel all over the place in foreign countries and see so many examples of infrastructural development and their ideas still dont hit home.Come on man. Wake up. Mr walter please do something for the Ansedemai playing field. It does not take so much money for it to look decent.Talk to your Boss. He will help you. I know he will. This will help you make your mark so dogs will not bark at you when you walk by.

  22. Anonymous
    April 20, 2012

    So you mean that’s how the “drains” are going to stay? Highway with no drains and nothing to protect the edges of the raod? So what’s going to happen when the rainy season comes?

  23. Changesneeded
    April 20, 2012

    Great job to the Prime Minister and the Government of Dominica on completion of this project… We cry down the Chinese but they finish before the Airport road that started maybe ten years before… Give Jack his jacket and Jacklyn her lipstick… Great Job China and Dominica!!! Great move by the PM to develop relationship with China, we are all seeing the benefits! Leh e boun di eh boun!!!*

    • impromptu
      April 21, 2012

      thats an unfare comparism and if you are honest the airport road project starting from canefield is of a higher quality than that of the chinesse.
      the west coast road is smoother and wider that it was but all the bumps are still there.shouldn’t those areas been dug up and made even?

  24. Southern Belle
    April 20, 2012

    If it was the opposition that was in power and got this project completed, I would say well done! The same goes for this current one….Well Done! Our roads definitely need some upgrading and I look forward to see something being done between Geneva and La Plaine. We need it. Please consider us when making further negotiations for road rehabilitation.
    Thank you.

  25. warma
    April 20, 2012

    Some of you people are real crabs. What is wrong with a newly re-done highway? What really is the source of all the begrudging? Is it because it was done under the DLP government as opposed to, say a UWP administration? Or maybe it’s because the Chinese are the ones that facilitated this project – is that it? Would you have preferred the Canadians, Americans, or some European government? WHAT DIFFERENCE DOES IT MAKE? Would you prefer to drive around on potholed roads instead? Then you can say Dominica roads not good and your car mashing up because Skerrit not doing nothing to fix the roads? Is that what you wanted? Does the fact that this administration brought this project to fruition and consequently robbed you of the opportunity to say Skerrit not doing a thing to fix the road piss you off so much that you just HAVE to say something negative?

    The UWP was in power once, why didn’t they do it? It’s just like they like to say that they secured the land for the International airport and Skerrit not doing a thing to build it – really? OK – since you so proud to say that you bought the land to build, why didn’t you build? No plan in place? Inability to secure the funding? Bought the land without knowing how you going to proceed thereafter? What is/are the reason(s) why the UWP did not get that project off the ground?

    OK – so the Chinese built it. You preferred someone else? yea? Have you thought of the possibility that the Chinese were willing to do it at the best possible terms for Dominicans? Or maybe the other government you would have preferred just didn’t want to do it?

    Some of you people are CRABS – nothing will satisfy you, always biting.

    By the way, I am not a Labourite – I am independent. I am only concerned with the country’s development, and that’s the truth. Whether or not you believe it makes no difference to me – or as we say occasionally, “it have nothing to do with the price of sugar”

  26. shortboy
    April 20, 2012

    THANK U PM I LOVE U SO MUCH ONLY U COULD DO IT AT THIS TIME!!!

  27. Defense Attorney
    April 20, 2012

    I hope the representative for the Cottage constituency take a page from the PM’s book and make the roads in his area up to international standards…. I not advising anyone with severe back injuries or who is more than 7 months pregnant to traverse that road

  28. Anonymous
    April 20, 2012

    mordine look shame :mrgreen:

  29. ron rainbow
    April 20, 2012

    over 80% of returning dominicans love the development the country has made under the current PM. 18 constituencies in dominica love the development the country has made under the current PM. well done mr. prime minister.

    • VIVA 1979
      April 20, 2012

      ohhh when will you folk stop blowing that old cow horn????? returning dominicans what??? do they live here, to know the quality of life of the PEOPLE….if i paint your house on the outside, SURE it will look nice, but inside, the CUPBOARDS empty, no lights, no SUGAR….the same OLD matress granny die on is there for you to sleep. mammy so busy trying to make ends meet not even the child hair she can have time comb…

      so because the rainbow have pretty colors you think is a pot of gold at the end of it…. come live with us

      • VIVA 1979
        April 20, 2012

        what is the problem admin???? you really love to make suckers out of your readership eh… smh..

        returning dominicans my foot!

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    • FED UP DOMINICAN
      April 20, 2012

      I’m one of the 80%. I’m not blind, I can see the improvements over the years.

      I to say ‘well done’ to the current P.M. and I would say the same to which ever P.M. that was in power.

  30. VIVA 1979
    April 20, 2012

    LOL….the great white hope.. sigh so PM where can I get my Chinese passport?? I want to be first in line for free movement between Dominica and China…

    • Defense Attorney
      April 20, 2012

      By your comments I can tell you didn’t finish pre-school, please be QUIET or at least TRY to make some SENSE when you decide to speak

      • VIVA 1979
        April 20, 2012

        I had enough schooling to know that you have no retort, and also to understand my right to express myself in the face of pacifists like you…

        now you fold you arms and put you finger on your lips

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  31. Jane
    April 20, 2012

    God bless Mr.Skero. Jesus had opposition so continue to do good and God will continue to guide U. I love the road. It makes a great difference with me driving to town regularly. Great job. If the critics so do not like the road tell dem I say get another route. Thank God for you PM the Good Lord will always be there for YOU. Thanks for being a great leader.

    • Christ Not In That!
      April 20, 2012

      Jesus had opposition? Why would you mention Jesus name in your political antics? Do you know the meaning of blasphemy? Hmmmm….

    • Realist
      April 20, 2012

      @ Jane

      It is rather diabolical to continue to compare mr skeritt a mere mortal, to the devine Jesus Christ.

      This is wrong, wrong , wrong. Praise him if you want but leave Jeaus out of your business.

  32. Realist
    April 20, 2012

    DNO,

    You have a responsibility to guide and inform your readers accurately. For the record the government does NOT officially consider the west coast road as a HIGHWAY.

    When the project was initially proposed it was toted as a 4-lane highway, with 1st class bypasses considered for Mahaut and Massacre.

    However in reality it was eventually downgraded to a rehabilitation/repaving of the original 2-lane roadway with the marked difference being the signage and road markings.

    • B.E.B
      April 20, 2012

      So where most of the road could’nt be widened, and what sense would it make driving from a four lane road to end up into a bottle neck road?

  33. Good Ways
    April 20, 2012

    I was informed that Mr leblanc had requested that no structure in Dominica be named after him. My question then is naming the road after him disregarding his wish, is that really respecting or honouring him? Or has his wish, request has not been consider to be rum shop talk.

    • VIVA 1979
      April 20, 2012

      boy i get so much thumbs down for saying that…. mind they doe give you a toe down too wi

      LOLOLOLLLL

      comedy central

      • truth
        April 20, 2012

        dominican people don’t like to hear the truth especially when it goes against what they love.

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  34. Neutral
    April 20, 2012

    PLEASE have the Police patrol the highway to ensure road safety rules are being adhered to. There should be such a thing as a ticket for excessive speed, not only for parking in the wrong place in Roseau.
    HELP KEEP OUR ROADS SAFE.

  35. Eagle
    April 20, 2012

    Nice nice. But I am very disappointed that water company is digging up the sides of the road, placing all debris on the road. It is a shame that they could not have worked simultaneously with the Chinese. I wonder why this was not in the planning.

    • hmmm
      April 20, 2012

      good comment. they do get informed, but because of the laid back attitude some people have and want to do it on their own time, thats what often happens

    • hmm...
      April 20, 2012

      actually, when the roads get dug up the gov is fully compensated for the reconstruction by the water company. it is up to the gov it they decide to use that money and resurface. and i am not talking about little patches here. they receive full funding

  36. April 20, 2012

    I NOTICED YOU HAVE CHANGED THE CHINESE DEATH TRAP FROM THE WEST COAST HIGHWAY TO THE WEST COAST REHABILATION ROAD.

    • smh
      April 20, 2012

      I WOULD LIKE SO DELETE YOUR COMMENT ! SOT !

    • powil pa
      April 20, 2012

      allu cyan be happy with nothing… always a negative.. alas… its damn shame

      • VIVA 1979
        April 20, 2012

        you know what is a REAL shame?????

        the low price tag on some of us…

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      • nubian
        April 20, 2012

        the people you think that negative, are the realists!! so shut up.. every time a segment of the road finish is a major accident, or a death in that area… check it out.. its true!
        i am happy our roads fix,…. but at what cost to us???? answer that smart

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      • BigMe
        April 20, 2012

        @nubian you know the answer take your time and drive and don’t drive like a fool.

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    • TRYING TO UNDERSTAND
      April 20, 2012

      PLEASE TRY TO THINK POSITIVE FOR ONCE WHAT DEATH TRAP, AND YOU ENJOY DRIVING ON IT MAE SHASTAE

    • Anonymous
      April 20, 2012

      Doc.love,
      Since it is being categorized as a death trap, I sincerely hope you dont intend to traverse on it! Why can’t we just show some appreciation?

    • B.E.B
      April 20, 2012

      While you are talking of death trap,it takes a foolish driver to drive at 60 MHP when he can only control at 40

  37. Roseau
    April 20, 2012

    Post more photos of the completed project.

  38. baby
    April 20, 2012

    job well done mr skerrit,,,,as a young woman i see u have a dream and u r working very hard to fullfill it,,,keep being honest and brave and grace ur country with hard work remembering is not on earth we get judged but on judgement da so use ur discretion and keep up the good work mr leblanc is smiling in his grave ,,,,,,,,good work cant wait to take a ride on it,,,,,jah blesss skerit a man with a vision an a mission,,,,,,great leader,,,,,,,,,next move is to open some canning factories so young men and weoman like me can get agood job in our sweet dominica,,,,love u skerrit

    • baby
      April 20, 2012

      :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) job well done mr skerrit,,,,as a young woman i see u have a dream and u r working very hard to fullfill it,,,keep being honest and brave and grace ur country with hard work remembering is not on earth we get judged but on judgement da so use ur discretion and keep up the good work mr leblanc is smiling in his grave ,,,,,,,,good work cant wait to take a ride on it,,,,,jah blesss skerit a man with a vision an a mission,,,,,,great leader,,,,,,,,,next move is to open some canning factories so young men and weoman like me can get agood job in our sweet dominica,,,,love u skerrit

  39. highly favored
    April 20, 2012

    So DNO where is the ceremony held and what time? I still have not been informed

    • Anonymous
      April 20, 2012

      I was thinking the same thing… DNO really needs to be a little more detailed/through and guide readers much better than that.. and not be so hurried. It says nothing about the venue and time..SMH

    • Anonymous
      April 20, 2012

      beff alone DNO admin interested in

      • Justice and Truth
        April 21, 2012

        @ Anonymous

        Be respectful. What is wrong with you? :twisted: You are one bold person, throwing words at DNO. If this were my Website, I would prohibit you from commenting.

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  40. VIVA 1979
    April 20, 2012

    leblanc must be turning in his grave, the man said don’t name anything after him. but it is so like RMS to go against the wishes of others….smh not even the dead that can rest in peace man sker…jean vielle case mody papa woyyyy…

    • Anonymous
      April 20, 2012

      All you can do is sit on your fence and grudge! Your idiotic words mean nothing. Get something meaningful to do, it will serve you and the country better.

      • VIVA 1979
        April 20, 2012

        do you know how BLESSSSSSSED I am……..LOL grudge??? I don’t know that word….. If you say, I despise manipulative, opportunistic, parasitic leaders, who feed on the misinformed and uneducated decisions of the sheepish populace, then I can accept that label. but grudge??? that little foot path you are asked to call a highway??? PLEASE my friend…. pat your head and rub ur tummy at the same time if you can.

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      • VIVA 1979
        April 20, 2012

        I used to sell crack, now I work part time for three companies making upward of $**** a month, maybe I can come babysit you to make a little extra….would that do??

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      • VIVA 1979
        April 20, 2012

        I AM BLESSED BABY, I can remember when last I had a bad day, plus I already have the next 12 months covered…..you wish I was saying “things tight wi”

        keep wishing you will ride one day

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      • VIVA 1979
        April 20, 2012

        serve what country, your country?? the chinese country?? so long I disown that….. I have no country friend, its all yours and RMS’…pas que i ka sam i ka bachay zor tout, zor ka feylay leh moi parle cot li.

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    • stupes
      April 20, 2012

      well then he aint dead if he turning!!! stupes

    • Meee
      April 20, 2012

      If it a little footpath now, what was it under the UWP? Why they didn’t fix it….u are a biggest idiot on this blog Viva 1979. DNO should ban you.

    • Jean Vielle Case
      April 20, 2012

      I know for a fact that he is smiling down at this. This piece of roadway became possible because of his hard work and using his wiles with the Brithish government. God bless him and he will be in our hearts forever.

    • Anonymous
      April 20, 2012

      Like I say….Grudging…yes, you grudging. I can see that venom of hate spewing from all sides of your mouth…but there’s nothing that you can do, but continue to GRUDGE…
      Watch out! Leblanc must be proud, not turning over. You on the other hand…..still grudging!

      • VIVA 1979
        April 20, 2012

        mind your dentures fall you wi, this must be a woman posting this message….. by the way you use the word GRUDGE and placing special emphasis on it…
        the repetition of the word gives no additional effect to what you are trying to say….. an elevated vocabulary would help you with that stummer u have there, G G G G G G GRUDGE….ROTFLMAO

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