Construction on the bridge at Pointe Round

Construction on the bridge at Pointe Ronde

The locations for the construction of Bailey bridges on the island have been approved and the first one will be constructed at Pointe Ronde this Friday, according to Prime Minister, Roosevelt Skerrit.

The country’s road infrastructure received a severe battering during the passage of Tropical Storm Erika with a number of bridges being washed away.

“We have approved the four locations for those bridges to be erected,” Skerrit said.

He stated the second bridge will be erected at Batalie on Tuesday, September 22 and the third at Macoucherie on Friday, September 25.

The final bridge has been approved for Boetica.

“So the three bridges on the West Coast that have been severely impacted upon will be up, all three will be up by Friday, the 25th of September 2015,” the Prime Minister said.

He pointed out that in respect to the Boetica crossing, more detailed survey works are required as the site is more challenging.

“Those of us who have been there can appreciate this and the engineering survey team of the Ministry have commenced the collection of the necessary data for advising designs,” he revealed. “The approach there is very difficult. We would have to construct a bypass road to be able to launch the bridge across the bypass so the survey are being done.”

Skerrit said engineers have been to the area on several occasions and there is a level on urgency on the matter.

“The Cabinet has given clear instructions that that area is urgent priority…” he said.

The Bailey bridges arrived in Dominica from St. Vincent last weekend.