$1.5-million spent on road rehabilitation in Mahaut Constituency – Blackmoore

Blackmoore on a walk through with members of the media on Monday

Member of Parliament for the Mahaut constituency, Rayburn Blackmoore, has revealed that a little bit over $1.5-million has been spent on road rehabilitation works in Warner, Campbell and Canefield.

Works at View Point in Warner amount to $343,000 for three segments of road totaling 1,000 feet; Canefield River Wall to the tune of $900,000; Campbell Road at a cost of $330,000. The total cost of the projects is $1,530,000.

On Monday, Blackmoore, who is also Minister of National Security, revealed the projects during a walkthrough with members of the media. It formed part of his mission that is in keeping with a road rehabilitation contract signed in April 2017 at the Mahaut Community Center by Blackmoore and the five local contractors.

At that contract signing, Blackmoore made the promise that through the projects, Mahaut would rise up as the best village in the constituency.

“I want to give the people of the Mahaut constituency the assurance that we will ensure that the Mahaut constituency continues to emerge as the number one constituency in the whole of the country – the most diverse, the most exciting and the most promising and that includes all the portions of the constituency,” he said.

As part and parcel of the already-in-motion investment, the engagement of local contractors and workers has proven to be a “remarkable” action as over twenty-five men are now employed with a source of revenue for their households, according to Blackmoore.

“It is a remarkable improvement to what was previously obtained. Also it is important because we are creating employment; the contractors are local contractors,” Blackmoore said.

According to Blackmoore, in addition to the road projects, there are projects which are already completed including a retaining wall, box culverts and some aspects of roads in ‘Shimen Coway.’

“As I speak to you right now, vehicular access is possible from both sides of that road (in Shimen Coway). We are now spending close to $400,000 to do storm drains in certain locations within the Jimmit housing scheme itself; phase two, and phase three and four, where we are building storm drains to the tune of $326,000,” Blackmoore added.

He described all these efforts as a “tremendous work” that the Dominica Labour Party is doing for development of all communities across the island.

“It is tremendous work we are doing and one has to actually look at what we are doing from a broader perspective of what the Labour Party administration is doing throughout the country where we are actually placing emphasis on community roads, and we have the vision to do all our community roads in the country. So I think it is a remarkable improvement so far,” Blackmoore remarked.

On Wednesday, June 14th, a contract to the tune of $800,000 will be signed for the repairmen of roads in Canefield East and the RBC Housing Scheme.

Men at work on one of the projects

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  1. Anthony P. Ismael
    June 15, 2017

    Again, more cheap political gimmicks for the simpletons amongst us. There’s a steep gradient leading from the Belfast area to the entrance of warner. If this is not addressed as part of this road rehabilitation, this is a grand waste of time. This gradient is so steep, that it’s bordering on being unsafe for motorist. Do we really examine road rehabilitatioation to include safety or are we just comfortable with the usual cheap political gimmickry?

  2. lobourer
    June 14, 2017

    Can you tell us how much was kickback?

  3. Wisdom
    June 14, 2017

    What about Paya road, the exit on the right just before the Jimmit bridge going towards the river? even the lower end of the upper Belfast connection road. these areas are deplorable my God hole upon hole upon hole. We pay taxes too. And as it is – some getting all and others get none.

  4. June 14, 2017

    Good job PR great work through out your constituency a man of his words a man with a vision we look forward to your plans for us

  5. Jimmit resident
    June 14, 2017

    This man is a model of what true representation should be. He has served diligently the biggest constituency. He has assisted many young men and women throughout the constituency with small businesses. A number of young people within the communityare employed under the much criticized NEP program at various business places and the community beautification projects. No hamlet within the constituency has been left wanting of development. Road developments in Warner,Campbell,Canefield,Mahaut,Jimmit,Massacre. Retraining walls, pipe borne water to Sylvania residents. Townhall meetings throughout all the communities. And more has been done throughout the years and more development through committed representation from Hon.Rayburn Blackmoore. One love!

  6. failed
    June 14, 2017

    The communities of Campbell, Warner, Sylvania, Despor have all been hit hard by DLP’s neglect of agriculture. Farming was a main revenue earner, but no more. For the past decade and a half, the citizens in those communities have become poorer, while a few have become filthy rich.

    Public Works corp, mash up for their own selfish ends. Kick-backs in construction works are an everyday concern.

    Ask BlackMore about the failed project at Rodney’s Rock. Up to now, after hundreds of thousands of $$$$$ were spent, they are ashamed to even officially open that project after so many years. What a waste of tax-payers money.

    Unemployment, especially among the youth is rising in the constituency.

    BlackMore and his ilk fooled the people of Mahaut and the entire country. Remember when the DLP Gov’t was putting the fuel storage tanks, Petro Caribe in Jimmit, on the Banks of the Belfast river?
    They said Electricity and fuel at the pumps would be Cheaper. Cheaper?…

  7. done&done
    June 14, 2017

    What is Blackmore doing on de site? Is he the foreman, or just playing politics? :twisted:

    • My opinion
      June 14, 2017

      He has every right to be on the site, foreman or not

  8. Satisfied Resident
    June 13, 2017

    I am a resident of Jimmit and I have seen the roads transformed in the last few yes. This a a man who is in touch with the conditions of the residence in this part of the country. Commendation to Mr. Blackmore for responding to the needs in your constituency.

  9. Really?
    June 13, 2017

    “Living outside “don’t stress .I have seen no major road works in Mahaut. I know that for heritage day the main road leading out of Belfast to to the Oliver Leblanc Highway North was started but was never completed.Belfast is also part of the constituency and we have had nothing done. We are a community and as was said by the Prime Minister money has been put aside to rehabilitate community roads .We have had no town hall meeting our roads are in some cases not motorable and some nonexistent . We have no concrete drains and water pools in the unpaved drains. With dengue chickv Zika and now yellow fever threatening this can spell disaster not only for Belfast but Mahaut and Jimmit. Mr Blackmore may be one of the few hard working ministers but he has definetly abandoned the Belfast community.

    • johnjay
      June 13, 2017

      Why are you saying he is one of the hard working its along while we spoke and gave the parl rep and village council for hydrant in lower Jimmit and also lightings and up to now nothing has been done, its have been years like 13 years since I gave the village council this plan of lower Jimmit where hydrants and streets lights .

  10. AA
    June 13, 2017

    I want to see side walks NOT only drains

  11. Living outside
    June 13, 2017

    Canfield is same constituency and NOTHING IS BEING DONE THERE. aren’t you ashame blackmoore?
    Go ahead concrete every crab hole in mahaut..

    • hmmmm
      June 14, 2017

      Warner begging for decent roads Years now…….only concern is Mahaut

      • Linel
        June 14, 2017

        View Point is located in the community of Warner so what are u saying?

      June 14, 2017

      What Coipel doing? Ask him for help. Ask him to concrete every crab hole in Cane field for you.

  12. June 13, 2017

    Fantastic. This road campaign came at the right time. By next tourist season, we well set!

  13. June 13, 2017

    That’s what you call proper representation. Continue the good Mr. Minister, the government has the best interest of the people at hand and continuously prove that to us.

  14. June 13, 2017

    Good job Blackmoore. Keep touching base with the people and let everyone see that things are being done, and projects are being completed. Back then, under Edison’s UWP we did not know what a completed project looked like.

    So show them, show them that the Labour party is working for the people, and together we will build Dominica.

  15. ready Freddy
    June 13, 2017

    What happened to Salisbury, I’ve been hearing road projects for all over the island, what happened to the Salisbury area; are they not Dominicans. Does the Gov’t has a reason for not answering the people from Salisbury cries for a particular reason. Does someone has an answer?

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