Minister for Public Works and Ports Senator Miriam Blanchard said an over $1.6 million road rehabilitation project contract signed with three local firms will help in the improvement of a more robust and resilient network of roads and bridges.
The works will be done on the eastern coast of the island and will include key interventions along the Bois Diable to Castle Bruce route as well as in the Castle Bruce to Petite Soufriere area.
The contract signing ceremony held at the Ministry of Health conference room Wednesday with Aida Trucking limited, George Trucking and Excavation Services and Jars Sales & Services Ltd.
Blanchard said that interventions will form part of the disaster vulnerability reduction project, a collaborative effort between the government of Dominica and the World Bank.
“These works will include the construction of retaining walls, as well as the construction of culverts and drains,” she said while addressing the ceremony. “It also includes the erection of guardrails on existing bridges in the area to improve the safety of pedestrians and road users; as well as the dredging of the river near the Castle Bruce Secondary School.”
She pointed out that it is important to note that while the project is loan-financed, the terms are concessional.
“We have this loan under concessional terms and not commercial terms and I think this is important to note at the implications of this are obvious,” Blanchard explained.
She noted that her ministry looks forward to working with the officials of the World Bank to implement the project, which is consistent with the objective of the government to build a more robust and resilient network of roads and bridges.
“This ceremony I see is further proof of this government’s commitment to improve our road network across the island to ensure the safety of all road users,” she remarked.
Meantime, Parliamentary Representative for the Castle Bruce Constituency Johnson Drigo said the works will be done in lots.
“Lot One: Pont Casse to roundabout to Bois Diable junction. Lot Two: Bois Diable junction to Castle Bruce and Lot Three: Castle Bruce to Petite Soufriere …” he explained.
He said the Castle Bruce to Petite Soufriere intervention is important to the community, “because this is a dangerous area.”