Blackmoore vows completion of Canefield road project by Independence

Section of the roadway under the Canefield cliff

Minister of Public Works Rayburn Blackmoore has announced the intent to have the entire stretch of road under the Canefield Cliff completed in time for Independence.

The 1.7-kilometer stretch of roadway has been under reconstruction as part of the $100 million West Coast Road Project. Blackmoore was speaking at a ministerial site visit to that section of the project when he announced the deadline.

“I want to say that we have been trying our best with the construction team to have the entire road in that particular area totally surfaced with asphalted concrete by the end of next month to make it easier for persons traversing that area, especially during the World Creole Music Festival period and of course our Independence Celebrations,” he stated.

Blackmoore was mindful of the unpredictable weather which has caused significant delays to all sections of the project but remained optimistic that the deadline could be met.

“I am very much confident,” he said.

He went on to provide a further preview of what the road will feature, once completed, which includes a box culvert that is already completed near Woodbridge Bay.

“Upon completion we’re going to have two lanes, each measuring 3.75 meters with a third lane measuring 3 meters, as a pullover lane. So it’s going to be a three-lane arrangement from Woodbridge Bay, terminating in The Cove area. We’re having the drainage work done towards the eastern side and the installation of culverts and culvert extensions to mitigate against flooding. Already we are making provision for the laying of the ducts for street lights towards the western side of the road where the sidewalk is going to be,” Blackmoore said.

The minister also confirmed that road markings and reflectors will be in place upon completion of that section of the project.

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51 Comments

  1. SAKOUSI
    September 20, 2011

    Good work Guys. I am a surveyor in St.Lucia who have worked on numerous road construction projects. Presently, I am in Dominica and I have never heard the Minister of Works talk about his surveyors. In my opinion surveyors are integral part of these development and must be commended. I can imagine the insults they probably got when they were undertaking the roads surveys.
    Congratulations to my comrades, surveyors, for all the work you all are doing aroung your island, such as land aquisition, setting out and control works. MINISTER YOU MUST ALSO PRAISE YOUR SURVEYORS.
    I CAN SEE IMPROVEMENT IN YOU ALL ISLAND
    ST LUCIAN SURVEYOR

  2. j
    September 20, 2011

    blackmore my money
    all you just doing people what all you want

  3. POSSI IN NYC
    September 20, 2011

    A** HOLE TELL ME WHICH COUNTRY IN THE CARIBBEAN,OR IN THE WORLD TODAY WHICH DOES NOT HAVE HIGH UNEMPLOYMENT..YOU ALL THINK DOMINICA IS DIFFERENT TO ANYOTHER COUNTRY..THE SAME AMERICA WHERE I AM NOW LIVING HAS MORE UNEMPLOYMENT,HUNGER,HOMELESSNESS,HIGH COST OF LIVING,RENT AND I CAN GO ON AND. YOU ALL BETTER GIVE THANKS TO WHAT YOU HAVE AND STOP CRYING LIKE SPOILT BRATS.CHECK ANTIGUA THAT WAS CONSIDERED MORE DEVELOPED THAN DOMINICA.THE DOMINICA ECCONOMY IS MORE STABLE THAN ANTIGUA.THAT FASHION SHOW TOURIST WHO CLAIM SHE OR HE VISIT DOMINICA TWICE A YEAR AND CANNOT SEE ANYTHING.PLEASE NEXT TIME YOU GO ABROAD GET A GOOD EYE TEST AND THEY WILL GLADLY GIVE YOU NEW LENSES.U ALL SEEMS TO EXPECT THE WHOLE OF DOMINICA DEVOLOPE OVER NIGHT.THE TWO GOVERNMENTS BEFOR. LIST THEIR ACHEIVEMENTS AND COMPARE THEM IN ALL AREAS AND TELL ME WHERE WE HAD A BETTER GOVERMENT AND IF WE ACHEIVE LESS OR MORE.YOU LAZY PLAYING POLITICS PEOPLE NEED TO SHUT UP AND HELP TO BUILD THE NATION.AND LET ME REMIND YOU,MY MONEY IS IN DOMINICA.NOT IN AMERICA.

    • Emperor
      April 6, 2012

      i do not know who told dominicans that it’s the gov job to provide jobs.It’s the business people to provide jobs each and every ones responsiblity.it’s not solely the gov.People wake up and appreciate what you have.Stop being ignorant.America everybody want to run to in shambles now stop crying and go do something with all you life.compainers.

  4. Anonymous
    September 20, 2011

    New York roads worst than Dominica roads. They got pot holes bigger than uwp ego. Real talk. nuff times i have to swerve ti avaid getting swallow up. Y’all negative commenters on here need to shut da hell up

    • i can use my brain
      September 20, 2011

      do you live in NY? what borough? You know u talkin A*^ness

      • real possie
        September 20, 2011

        @ use my brain do u live ny? in all the states i drive ny is the worst they have the most tolls higher tolls worst roads try driving rt278 b4 495 or leave the bx to jfk then come back and talk to me i dont think u leave in ny at all.

    • Emperor
      April 6, 2012

      lol so true and smelling hahaha.they never see when the fumes too. lol lol

  5. Empress 2
    September 20, 2011

    dominicains can be very negative.And people why compare the US with DA.Development means money leading from other countries.And when you do that you have to pay back.And sometimes it involves in higher taxes.Or taking money from IMF.Dominicains talking but when they come states they in shock cause they all kind of taxes they heard of, and guess what they paying and then releasing boy da nice i hearing them now.cring saying in da in da this that but when in da they were complaining all roads in da come about because people pay state tax county tax toll.even property taxes.so when you in states and say you visit da and see no development you up here cring cause states in shit. people loosing there homes, jobs,etc. so shut up.

  6. COP
    September 20, 2011

    Wiit the increase in vehicular traffic, i would recommend traffic lights at the fond cole junction and at the eric’s bakery (former) junction to facilitate vehicles going in and out of these ares.

  7. i can use my brain
    September 20, 2011

    This is not a three-lane highway…its 2-lane with a pull over lane….STRAIGHT TALK.
    “side walk on western side of road”……where…. next to the wall?? Seriously i did not expect that it would be located directly under the cliff in the danger zone of falling rocks. I dont see any provisions for a sidewalk along the seawall…..that will come later most likely…..i propose there was no original design or accommodation for that……dream on people……i wont be strolling under that cliff anytime soon.
    Do you really expect people to be walking directly alongside a major highway????? Have u noticed our driving under the cliff????
    Before all this roadworks pedestrians walked on the wall to be safe…….will i be any safer walking 2-3 feet next to traffic on a major highway??????
    PREPARE TO PLAN….PLAN TO PREPARE. ANYTHING LESS IS PULLING WOOL OVER MY EYES.

  8. TUFF GONG BLUNT
    September 20, 2011

    OHHHHH

  9. Me
    September 20, 2011

    This new road will never last. I give it three years at the MOST before it starts crumbling again.

    • Dominica gal
      September 20, 2011

      I pray for favour for people who think like u

    • mainta
      September 21, 2011

      u need prayer’s, i will pray for u.

    • Emperor
      April 6, 2012

      negative brat. what road you every hear that last everything have an end u will not die. i see. it’s better for three years than no road at all. sort.

  10. ANONYMOUS
    September 20, 2011

    It IS GOOD THAT THEY ARE BUILDING BETTER SURFACEFOR PEOPLE TO RUN ON. tHEREFORE THAT MEANS THAT BUS DRIVERS AND CITIZENS OF DOMINICA WILL BENEFIT ALSO.DOMINICANS LETS NOT BE BIAS FOR OUR POLITICAL PARTY AND GIVE THE COMPLIMENT TO THE GOVERNMENT WHERE IT IS DEMANDED. lETS ALSO BE COGNIZANT OF THE FACT THAT WE CAN’T TRUST POLITICAL LEADERS, UNTIL IT IS DONE THEY WILL RECIEVE OUR COMPLIMENTS

  11. Me
    September 19, 2011

    Action speaks louder than words. I need to see and not hear.

    • block 44
      September 20, 2011

      remove the u.the w and the p for poupou from your eyes and you will see. 8-O

  12. Justice and Truth
    September 19, 2011

    Due to increased vehicular traffic, one positive thing which should be welcomed in DA is street lights specifically to and from the old and new bridge which will allow pedestrians to cross quickly and in safety. I believe that I read that another bridge is being constructed. I do hope the government considers this.

  13. axa 4 life smallzzzz
    September 19, 2011

    o pleazzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz @ loving my pm & possi in nyc

  14. Anonymous
    September 19, 2011

    roads roads in Dominica what is the speed limit if any?

  15. c.bruce
    September 19, 2011

    WHAT A LOAD OF CRAP!!!!!

    EVERY WORD THAT COMES FROM THESE GUYS MOUTHS IS DESIGNED TO DISTRACT, DETRACT, AND SUBSTRACT FROM THE REAL NEGATIVITY THAT THEY HAVE BROUGHT UNTO THE SOCIETY.

    SO EVERY NOW AND THEN THEY COME AND REMIND US OF A PROJECT THAT EVERYBODY (INCLUDING THE DEAD) KNOWS IS HAPPENING.

    SOON BLACKMORE IS GOING TO TELL US ABOUT THE BRIDGE – AGAIN, AND THE COLLEGE THEY ARE BUILDING IN THE LANDFILL… TO SHORTEN THE LIVES OF THE STUDENTS AND TEACHERS UP THERE BY TEN YEARS.

    • Justice and Truth
      September 19, 2011

      @ c.bruce

      Please, allow the dead to rest in peace. Their earthly time has past and they know nothing about what is occurring in the earthly world. Wherever they may be in the spiritual world they could not care less.
      Something good and better is being done in Dominica which never occurred in years gone by and Dominicans should appreciate it.
      We who reside in other parts of the world wished that when we resided in DA then, this opportunity occurred.
      Beauty is in the eyes of the beholder. We look forward to visiting, seeing and appreciating the new developments in DA.
      Please keep your negative comments to yourself. Every sincere Dominican, wherever we may reside could do without it and reading it.

    • true dominican
      September 19, 2011

      you need to stop your empty words. You obviously is a hater. My belief You have no form of futuristic innovative development in place for Dominica. In case you do not understand what that means, well, let me help you. If you do not have any new roads, or schools for the future development of Dominica wellthen you should short F…… up. traitor

      • September 20, 2011

        THAT SOUNDS LIKE BLACKMORE

      • true dominican
        September 22, 2011

        sorry to disappoint you, but it is not.

    • hmmm
      September 19, 2011

      These people really think that all Dominicans are dumb….They get a bit of bad rap today with Lenox Re: Alick and they say “but look we building a nice road down there Wi” :-D
      So as to divert attention from the matter at hand.
      But you cant fault good tactics. hmmmm

      • September 20, 2011

        THANK YOU SIR
        IT IS NOT ALL OF US THAT “WE SHALL NOT BE MOVED”

    • Con Artist
      September 20, 2011

      yes you right,,, con artist.. anyway the US government is waiting for them.. You see what happen in St.Lucia, some minister of Government VISA was revoked.

  16. Way Out There
    September 19, 2011

    Hopefully the lighting will be L.E.D or energy saver type lighting sustained by solar or wind power. Will reduce the long term cost of lighting to the govt.
    Hoping someone can answer this question: Are there plans to bridge the “Come to Me” corner at the end of the Jimmit stretch?

    • Josette
      September 19, 2011

      Yess, now that’s what I’m talking about. Solar, wind and LED. But no, they will never thing or impliment that because that would be thinking out of the box.

      Lights on just that strip will cost more than this road project in 5 years. Domlec will make our Gov’t pay thru the nose to light this up.

      Remember they have shares and interest in Dumlec too, so they will not do something as simple as a tiny cost saving solar panel on a light post.

    • Informant
      September 19, 2011

      Actually, the lights that were installed on the piece of road from the Pottersville Savana to the Woodbridge Bay port are all power by solar panels. The same type were installed on the Goodwill to Windsaw Park Stadium link road, so I guess it is safe to assume that they will do the same.

  17. Satelite
    September 19, 2011

    We were once a country where people flooded some years back in search for employment among other things. With the continued positive development in infrastructure, businesses, tourism to name a few, Dominica will once again emerge on top. Keep up the good work guys, don’t be distracted by persons with crab mentality.

    • Justice and Truth
      September 19, 2011

      @ Satellite

      I commend your comments.

    • Neutral
      September 19, 2011

      You are so correct. Everyone seem to forget all the “Bajans”, “Antiguans”, “Montserratians” and “Frenchmen” that came to our shores for employment. Let us regain that superiority in the region.

    • reality
      September 20, 2011

      the sad reality right now is no one is coming and dominicans running doesn’t that say something???

  18. Anonymous
    September 19, 2011

    Yes, Mr Prime Minister designate.

  19. retractable
    September 19, 2011

    i would love to know what’s happening to the petite soufriere to rosalie road?

    • Malatete
      September 19, 2011

      Promises, promises, promises…..!!

      • block 44
        September 20, 2011

        when dominicans will be willing to pay a little more for their property taxes ,then dominica will start locking like new york city.

    • Anonymous
      September 20, 2011

      Keep waiting…When election is close enough we will come and fool you ALL AGAIN!!
      Sakwasot!!!!

    • Crox
      September 20, 2011

      Keep waiting.

  20. POSSI IN NYC
    September 19, 2011

    where are those big mouth parrot who want to make it look like dominica is not making progress..Where are their comments when something good is being done in my home land.I saw the documentary about dominica and keeping it green..where are your comments.THE DLP for sure is doing a lot and am not seeing it on DNO. I Want to read some of the possitive stuff.all the possitive people in the nature isle,stay united for the betterment of our country,and dont bother with the nay sayers..

    • September 19, 2011

      thumbs up my bro or sis! there is a lot of good stuff and development happening in Dominica….

      • Charmer
        September 19, 2011

        Take a drive to Capuchin, or at least to Cottage, and tell me what you see

      • ?
        September 19, 2011

        I was in Dominica last week from the United States, I must have missed something because the development all you talking about I am not seeing it. In fact I am in DA twice every year.

    • Hulk Hogan
      September 19, 2011

      not even a highway in the sky will change the reality in Dominica about the guys you love so blindly!…lol

    • BRAIN DAMAGE
      September 19, 2011

      NYC come down D/ca and grind to see it for yourself.

    • idiamin
      September 20, 2011

      it is every govt’s mandate to build roads,school,hospitals.when unemployment drops and the economy grows to a certain degree,the cost of living becomes affordable and the quality of life increases then we have development.the opposite is the case in da so i guess am blind cause i don’t see the development

      • ?
        September 20, 2011

        I agree with you idiamin. As long as some people see gov’t smoothing out some roads they talking development, but yet they say nothing about the countless young people who are struggling after leaving school; some of these young people having to resort to a life of crime/drugs etc to get by because there are hardly any jobs.

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