Over $4-million approved for infrastructural works

Ongoing works at Harbor Lane in Portsmouth
Ongoing works at Harbor Lane in Portsmouth

Prime Minister and Minister for Finance the Roosevelt Skerrit has approved five contracts for infrastructural works across Dominica.

The contracts total $4,058,770.48 and will cover work in Delices, Morne Bruce, Pointe Michel and Portsmouth.

The Ministry of Public Works, Energy and Ports has awarded a contract to Jones St. Ville in the amount of $100,352.97 for the construction of a temporary crossing near the White River Bridge in Delices. This is necessary to allow for the smooth flow of traffic in the area while the existing bridge is closed for rehabilitation.

A contract has also been awarded to Nelson Joseph in the amount of one $123, 650.30 for drainage works and road edge reinstatement works at Morne Bruce.

Offshore Civil and Marine Inc. has been awarded a contract valued at $1,399,997.97 to undertake the first phase of cliff stabilization, drainage and road rehabilitation works at Champagne in Pointe Michel.

The scope of work for the first phase will be the construction of seventy-two feet of retaining wall and rock revetment, drainage works on the existing ravine and minor cliff excavation for backfilling of the retaining wall.

Meanwhile the Ministry of Public Works, Energy and Ports has awarded two contracts to undertake road works in the town of Portsmouth.

DIPCON Engineering Services has been awarded a contract in the sum of one $1,523,108.19 to undertake road surfacing works and associated sea defence protection on the Lagoon Road (from Portsmouth to Purple Turtle).

The Public Works Corporation has been awarded the contract to undertake road surfacing works at Harbour Lane and Rodney Street in Portsmouth.

The contract is valued at $911,659.05

Prime Minister Skerrit announced in the 2014/2015 National Budget Addressed that major rehabilitation work would be undertaken on the roads in Portsmouth. Improving Portsmouth is a component of a comprehensive programme of strategic measures designed not only to enhance the appearance of a major hub for commerce and economic activity but to upgrade and expand the infrastructure in order to attract new investment.

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54 Comments

  1. brois
    August 22, 2014

    we want elections every two years . . . .since this is the time government have money, and projects starting. Hope they finish them after elections. This political strategy needs to end! Freedom did under Eugenia, workers under Edison, now skerrit has perfect it!!

  2. DA2DBone
    August 21, 2014

    What about roads in the Roseau South Constituency esp King’s Hill, Giraudel, Eggleston. Castle Comfort Mr PM and my Parl Rep?

    Am watching and waiting…

  3. possi in usa
    August 21, 2014

    you political ignorant people criticize when the government do,and not do..you all expect all area of dominica to be paved in gold at the same time..which country on earth you get a government to do everything at one time?.secondly,when dominica government look for help overseas to build..oh! they begging all over,when they tax to build,oh tax killing us..you people sound so dumb and have no commonsense..i know my people are smart,and come election day LABOR POWER,ALL ALL ALL the way..to victory..IF you all think TEAM DOMINIC ,have money to build,or give all the pie in the sky promises.think again.,but its just a dream..LABOR ON THE MOVE…

    • I just come
      August 21, 2014

      why don’t you stay where you are and mind your business there? Dominica is better off without people like you. Stay and further develop the USA and don’t put your mouth in our business.

      • The Facts
        August 22, 2014

        But possi in usa is a born-Dominican. Those who reside abroad and who care about Dominica, whatever happens in D/ca is of interest to them. You should appreciate them.
        If I owned a Website your comments would not be allowed. You cannot stand hearing the truth. You are not the only one. Those who state the truth are not loved by people as you. One way or the other the truth will be told whether you like it or not It cannot be suppressed. The truth will set you free.

    • brois
      August 22, 2014

      be queit!!

    • The Facts
      August 22, 2014

      I endorse your comments.

  4. AA
    August 21, 2014

    This is more kickback monies being paid for election campaigning as indicated by the little money or contract being given to public works

  5. WONDERING
    August 21, 2014

    why wasnt the contracts given to PWC

    • The Facts
      August 22, 2014

      As you read right here on DNO in the past weeks, if you have a good memory, you will recall that PWC owes the government. They billed the government more than once for work they claim to have performed. They were on strike for more money and probably still are. They still owe the government income tax. You may wish to contemplate on the above mentioned and decide for yourself if this may be the reason for not being granted the contract.

  6. August 21, 2014

    Politics is mashing up Dominica.Change is a must.

    • The Facts
      August 22, 2014

      Because the PM announced funding for roads? Do not make me laugh. :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:

  7. fake
    August 21, 2014

    All of a sudden they saying who and who getting contract and even how much money too wow why they never did this before what change

  8. August 21, 2014

    What about pitti sahvan ,fond st.jean ,Bagattle area ?what has the Labour party done for the people living in this part of Dominica?Very little is the answer to that question

  9. August 21, 2014

    What about the falling rocks at Dubic or is that not important untill some one God forbid gets killed.Elections and votes is behind this anouncement .When will the PM make the Dubic road safe?or is he so sure of his votes that who cares.Dont let the Magician fool you again.

  10. August 21, 2014

    Thank u team Dominica,You have my pm in over drive.Pm dnt forget the farm road.

  11. RastarMarn
    August 20, 2014

    But Skerrow just the other day you were talking about them Public works people and today you awarding contracts to them Fellows,,,

    But wha kinna scene dat nuh, Garçon why don’t you inject all them funds into the Public works department instead of giving to certain individuals for unjust enrichment!!!

  12. JoJo
    August 20, 2014

    P.M. All these improvements are appreciated but why don’t we finish the Pont Case – Hatton Garden road first? That road is our life line and should have top priority. Soon it will be two years since your ultimatum to the contractor to finish it and it still not complete. Please, address that first.

  13. Anthony Ismael
    August 20, 2014

    What about Copthall road? We still have a one-lane bridge into that community. You have several guest houses, plus Screws Sulfur Spa and only one lane in and one lane out. What about the Wotten Waven road? There’s a bridge into that community that’s a death trap. We still waiting on that one too.

  14. Shameless
    August 20, 2014

    Lol…just wait and see if the contractors will get paid in a timely manner. There is no money to pay them so when the work is completed they will gwayay for their money as usual. :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: . Team Dominica have them moving beyond their capabilities..lol. But change is a MUST!

    Assertive, NOT Agressive!

  15. keep the faith
    August 20, 2014

    congratulations for the Road…but this is just the minimum infrastructural investment that can be made….. what about real investment? what about the Morocco hotel… is it a new White elephant?/ what about the Chinese that just sign a investment of …1 billion euros in Antigua for resort and shopping mall.. what is going on for us little piece of bread and a stadium that already falling apart ??

  16. Positively Dominican
    August 20, 2014

    The money is being syphon for elections, through these pronouncements. Very suspicious with elections less than 10 months away.

  17. tess
    August 20, 2014

    Mr.Skerrit really knows Dominicans are FOOLISH..

    Why at the eleventh hour u coming with these massive works.

    Boss man as u normally say to folks…you don’t understand That the Economy of Dominica has…..”EXPIRED” under your Watch…..these are not growth engines which will stimulate monies for the average Dominican…

    If labour wins these project will all come to a halt…

    this is all election trickery, but sadly Dominicans, are not smart and don’t vote on issues…

    this election issue is all about the local economy…

    Labour party always believe that $100 box is what u must live on till you are dead…whilst they the regime get all the kicks backs and deals…porch vehicles, houses and biz, whilst the average citizens is stuck no-where to turn…

    Dominicans do yourselves a favour for once!!

    vote on the issue, vote for change, as the economy is expired!!!

  18. D/A guy
    August 20, 2014

    one road for portsmouth every five years

  19. North America
    August 20, 2014

    When will the streets in the capital get repaired??

  20. real talk
    August 20, 2014

    all u dumminicans doh easy, the labour government all u calling lazy, please that is the hardest working government we ever had, just take a drive around the island and it is plain to see. obviously they cannot do every where one time, labour ka twavay

    • Cola
      August 22, 2014

      As part of development ,I do hope that the Grand Bay to Tetemorne road will be given some attention.

  21. Morihei Ueshiba
    August 20, 2014

    Skerro we need real development look US Carriers to offer New Air Service to Antigua, come on man you can do better than that. GeeZ!

  22. Lucy
    August 20, 2014

    I see the elections campaign is in full swing now thanks to the Treasury. We should call this phase Treasury campaigning. But I am also glad hat locals are getting contracts to do the work.

    • August 20, 2014

      Treasury money belongs to the people of Dominica so I would suggest you take all of it but vote him out of office if not you will have hell to pay

  23. blueredgreen
    August 20, 2014

    ok all that is well and good, but what about the roads within pointe michel like that piss of road when you go up that big one way hill in pointe michel resurface that… tired go bu my uncle on that crappy road and pointe michel do have a village council i find around there dirty and FULL of bush look at there field a bunch of bush there smh

    • Why
      August 20, 2014

      Ah ! Perhaps you could think of moving to Portsmouth or Vielle Case?

      Anyway, I thought that Pointe Michel was a labour stronghold ? Who doesn’t loveyou baby?

      • lapwett
        August 20, 2014

        was it have new residents in pointe michel thats why they doing work “in pointe michel”

  24. hmmmmm
    August 20, 2014

    Nothing for Cockrane road? Rabbit festival pass so they forget about all you?

    • Farce
      August 20, 2014

      The rabbit is searching for more beneficial pickings. Think election!

    • D/A guy
      August 20, 2014

      we good with this people in cockrane for now there don’t have much people so we will get back to them now we going to the big fish

  25. my2cents
    August 20, 2014

    8-O 8-O 8-O 8-O 8-O 8-O 8-O 8-O 8-O 8-O … So happy but how qualified is Jones St. Ville to do such a job?

    • forreal
      August 20, 2014

      haters,here what you feel to write,all you does down press all you own people

  26. grell
    August 20, 2014

    Nothing for the other west coast villages,and the non labour villages sad SKERRIT.

  27. Why
    August 20, 2014

    Why is the bulk of infrastructure funding always allocated to Portsmouth?

    • Anonymous
      August 20, 2014

      One time skerrit doh doing nothing in possie now he doing too much in possie stupess go brushy your teeth if you have nothing to say

      • Why
        August 20, 2014

        Not surprised by your comment. 100% ignoramus !

    • Peeping Tom
      August 20, 2014

      “Always?” Don’t let the blue vex boys read this or they will lynch you. They have repeatedly screamed out loud trying to convince themselves that “NOFING” is being done in or for Portsmouth. Unfortunately for the blue boys, your post simply confirms what most Dominicans already know: That Portsnmouth has consistenly been on the radar of the government.

    • Juan
      August 21, 2014

      To answer your question, “why is the bulk of infrastructure funding always allocated to Portsmouth? ” Because Skerro wants to make the place to look good for when the Chinese build their Navy Base there after they annex Dominica.

  28. 4u2C
    August 20, 2014

    Thank God for team Dominica they forcing the Lazy government to at least attempt to do something. Can you imagine the amount of work that will become available when team Dominica gets into office? They not in yet and they creating jobs, can’t wait for them to take this country to be the best place to work, to live and enjoy life!!
    Too late Dominica Lazy Party – DLP!!

    • `
      August 20, 2014

      Thank god they will stay in the opposition. They have no clue. Well done Skerro!

    • B.E.B
      August 20, 2014

      Why cant the UWP give the info to the DLP about that money tree?
      They are keeping it hidden till they come in power

    • Peeping Tom
      August 20, 2014

      You mean, this is your best attempt at spin? Even Lennox Linton would have fared better.

  29. Anonymous
    August 20, 2014

    What about the roads into the residential areas of Canefield? My goodness what a deplorable state! Since it is the responsibility of Central Government and not the Urban Council, shouldn’t we get some relief too? Mr. Blackmore, as Minister for Public Works and the Parl Rep for Canefield, don’t you think that we deserve better? It’s not only Mahaut that your constituency is comprised of….remember that. Our votes are also important!
    I invite you to take a drive and see for yourself.

    • Emile Zapatos
      August 20, 2014

      All Canefield need is trash disposal and road repair and maintenance.
      I suggest that funds be allocated to the urban council by the central government in the form of grants to do both.

    • Why
      August 20, 2014

      Ah ! Perhaps you could think of moving to Portsmouth or Vielle Case?

      Anyway, I thought that Pointe Michel was a labour stronghold ? Who doesn’t love you baby?

    • Tipapa
      August 20, 2014

      I am in total agreement with you. However, a lot of Canefield people do not vote in Canefield and Mr. Blackmore is aware of that also he was beaten by a few votes, (not very significant) in all the polling stations in Canefield and he still won the election so he can do without the voters of Canefield, hence his energy is in Mahaut. Well done Mr. Blackmore. His supporters in Canefield crying about the road conditions they have vehicles but they cannot tell the man to his face do something in Canefield. Instead they dressing all in red and on his train for a tin of paint a few sheets of galvanize and a $50.

    • warma
      August 20, 2014

      Instead Simeon give people mepwis on the animal show, he should be talking about the neglect within Canefield…these people are so transparent its like looking through a pane of glass

    • Anonymous
      August 20, 2014

      shouldn’t they take care of the road leading to my backyard too?

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