The Government of Dominica has signed a contract with NSG Management and Technical Services Limited of Barbados worth EC$18,182,437.35 for a major project in Roseau.
The contract was signed on Wednesday.Work is expected to begin in May and will take 12 months to complete. It forms part of the Roseau Enhancement Project.
Public Works Minister Miriam Blanchard explained that the project will include demolishing and reconstructing the West Bridge, reconstructing the retaining wall and associated drainage works between the West Bridge and the EC Loblack Bridge and dredging the Roseau River between the Dominica China Friendship Bridge and the EC Loblack Bridge.
“The conceptualization of the Roseau Enhancement Project commenced in 2013 and resulted in our presentation to the public by NSG Management and Technical Services Limited at the State House,” she stated. “Many will remember that presentation that sought to provide an overview of the concept at that time. The following year, in 2014, an MOU was signed between the Government of Dominica and NSG Management and Technical Services Limited. The following year, 2015, the design contract was signed between the government and NSG Management and Technical Services Limited.
She stated that elements of the design contract included the replacement of the West Bridge, comprehensive traffic study, city storm and water system and street upgrade.
The Roseau Enhancement Project has been described as a comprehensive plan comprised of a number of different projects related to the urban infrastructure upgrading and enhancement to include the road network, bridges, drainage, street lighting and streetscape of Roseau and the improvement of the flow of traffic in Roseau among others.
When the MOU was signed in 2014 it was said that Dominica’s decision to upgrade Roseau could become a model for other Caribbean islands.