lightForty-four LED energy efficient street lights are currently being installed under the Canefield cliff to enhance security and safety of the newly rehabilitated roadway.

This comes ahead of a wider national street lighting project to commence before the end of 2013.

This major street lighting project will be executed by the Ministry of Public Works and will involve the installation of 4 851 solar street lights across the country.

The Government of the People’s Republic of China has given a commitment to the Government of Dominica to provide 2 500 of those lights.

Public Works Minister Rayburn Blackmoore in an interview on Thursday said the LED street lights under the Canefield cliff is being funded by the Government of Dominica at a cost of over $700,000.

“We have so far spent $730,000 for civil works and the installation of the fittings to include the lights,” the Minister noted.

The Minister said the project is being viewed as a necessity especially for motorists who use the road at night.

“Driving at nights especially when it rains is a very eerie site in that location and we are happy we are able to fund that by way of national funding to lead the way in that effort,” he said.

The Minister noted that the national street lighting project is a very costly but important exercise and should commence in earnest before year’s end.

“We are looking at two options. Option one, we are talking US$33-million. That is significant and will be done over a period of 33 months,” he stated.

The National Solar Street Light project will complement Government’s ongoing efforts at improving the island’s road network.

The plan of the Dominica Labor Party’s administration is to have the island’s road network in excellent condition by the year 2020.