Blackmoore expresses confidence Pointe Michel sea wall will be completed on time

Blackmoore speaking to journalists this morning

The Sea Defense Wall project in Pointe Michel is a week and a half behind schedule, according to Minister for Public Works Rayburn Blackmoore.

The current standing contrasts favorably with a July 15 report that stated that the works being undertaken there were two months behind schedule and that the contractors were denied their request for an extension from Government.

Blackmoore led a ministerial site visit to the project area this morning and reaffirmed his confidence that the project would be completed on time.

“The last time we came here, the project was two months behind and the contractor had made a request for a time extension of two months and after a review of the project, we concluded that there was no justification for the extension. We were given the assurance by the contracting team that they were going to double their efforts and what we have seen here today is a manifestation of that. Some progress has been made in terms of catching up and in the mean, [the project stands at] one and a half weeks behind schedule, which is remarkable,” he stated.

Ongoing construction on the sea wall

As to the project itself, Blackmoore spoke of the completion of 400 meters of retaining wall, rising 4.5 meters about the sea level and there are other segments to be completed, one of 290 meters and another 120 meters, for which a funding proposal is being sent to the Caribbean Development Bank.

Blackmoore said, “As we speak, the ministry is doing all the work and the analysis to have a submission to the Caribbean Development Bank, which will be done sometime in December, to get the additional funding to ensure that the entire village is protected. It is a good thing to have a sea wall protecting the road infrastructure but it’s more important that lives and property are indeed protected throughout the length and breadth of this village.”

The minister also spoke of a new public convenience, new road surface, sidewalks and steps to the sea shore as part of the project.

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24 Comments

  1. DE CARIBBEAN CHANGE,
    September 27, 2011

    1979 has no country, you are a plain donkey’s hole. You expect investments and jobs with a very poor infrastructure. You need to educate yourself. You still living in the days of Hurricane David in 1979.

  2. 1979 has NO country
    September 27, 2011

    Blackmoore! where public works money???? no ultimatum for la pointe project, oh I see. is on Dominicans you have all your strength, good work the charade working on some of those noodle brains, but not us, we Quiet for now

    BUT WE ARE WATCHING! 8)

  3. Richards
    September 27, 2011

    These are basic Government functions derived from tax payers expectations; nothing innovative and sustainable.

    • The truth
      September 28, 2011

      I thought that was what tax payees money was meant to be spent on. Building the country. What else is it meant for if not to be reinvested for our betterment? Please explain

      • Jackass Spotter
        September 28, 2011

        I shouldn’t waste your time with him. He would do good by being put to work by the farmers as he sounds like a real donkey!!

  4. Richards
    September 27, 2011

    Thes are basic Government functions derived from tax payers expectations; nothing innovative and sustainable.

    • boots ready
      September 27, 2011

      ou to sot,westay la ou yay

      • 1979 has NO country
        September 27, 2011

        mais ou mem plis sot la ou yay !

  5. Anthony P. Ismael
    September 27, 2011

    I like what I see thus far. Can’t wait to drive on some of these roads the next time I’m home. Keep moving forward Dominica.

    • boots ready
      September 27, 2011

      Like m.c Hammer would say,cant touch/stop this FOOLS.

  6. A little butter
    September 26, 2011

    Amidst all the serious allegations and factual revelations of corrupt practices, bad governance, quick enrichment by some public officials, disrespect for the Constitution and Laws of the land,kick-backs, Susan Olde, US $400,000.00, diplomatic passport to her and the non-profit org. Citizens for a Better Dominica, unprecedented passports sales and handing of diplomatic passports and controversies surrounding such deals, dual citizenship case and DLP politicians legitimacy in parliament, disturbing wikileaks cables, issues about CLICO and funds to DLP campaign,concerns re. investments in CLICO and loss of money, a little butter around people’s mouth is timely.

    While Public Works is falling apart and mired in financial problems, with no sub-contracts on those road projects, not even to provide asphalt from its new $3,000,000.00 plant, just sitting there; While $27,000,000.00 is being wasted on a President palace to be built by a Chinese Construction Co. our local construction workers are on the side unemployed a little butter around people’s mouth will suffice.

    When 1700 bodies of prisoners, captured by Ghadhafi forces, are found dead in a mass grave in Libya, but the DLP Govt. supports Skerritt statement about offering help to Gadhafi, a little butter around people’s mouth will pacify them.

    If development was about infrastructure, mostly, there would be little protest all over the world for respect for people’s HUMAN RIGHTS, FREE and FAIR elections, Good Governance, transparency, accountability, and the rule of Law. Libya is rich in oil and its high grade. In the US, UK, Europe, Egypt, Tunisia, Syria, Good roads, beautiful buildings are visible. Yet from time to time, people demonstrate against injustices and bad goverance, against corruption etc. etc. People rise up against those who have dictatorial tendencies and those who act as though they are above the constitution and law.

    • caribbean genius
      September 27, 2011

      I see 22 people gave that thumbs down, so thats 22 biased individuals? I dont want to use the word idiot.

      • 1979 has NO country
        September 27, 2011

        we all know that Jim Jones and his followers want nothing critical to be said about Jim Jones “lord almighty and savior of the Dominica”. I wonder if they remember that the one TRUE god is a Jealous god?? seeing that they use every Opportunity to use His “the real God” Name in Vain….

    • Jackass Spotter
      September 27, 2011

      Sounds like you got a** gripe. Why don’t you use some A Little Butter to ease your pain.

  7. SNIPER
    September 26, 2011

    Sung ting wung

    • Jackass Spotter
      September 27, 2011

      Yes, perhaps you should go and have your head seen to!!

  8. Dom
    September 26, 2011

    A week and a half behind schedule but will finish on time? What??

  9. just saying
    September 26, 2011

    Good work to the government and people of Dominica ! Your focus on infrastructural development is the right target.

    • Rudy
      September 27, 2011

      amazing when workers was working building infrastructure people said performance does not matter corruption does now we have a complete turn around where u are saying performance matters not corruption. the renovation of an existing road has no major impact on the economic landscape of dominica as is nite landing. we need to invest in areas that will generate income. everytime now on dno all is seeing is blackmore giving a day to day report of road construction how does that change our economic situation? how many jobs will it create? how much money will be injected in the economy?(the chinese already taking back 75% of it!!) we can’t eat concrete and post we need jobs and innovative investments that will lead us into the 21st century.

      • DE CARIBBEAN CHANGE,
        September 27, 2011

        Stop talking rubbish, Mr.. You seem to have a Christopher Columbus mentality, meaning, you are still living in the 14th century.

      • 1979 has NO country
        September 27, 2011

        de caribbean change because the people realize we cannot eat road and infrastructure will not pay our childrens educations!!! hahahahahah so sweet how de caribbean HAS changed!!!

        don’t let the alkali and bitumen blind you rudy, you seeing clear! 8) me self my shades always in my eyes….before DCC and WIKI chouk my eyes for me not to see.

  10. buwo
    September 26, 2011

    While they talking, we working.

    Hahahahahahaah

    • Free Thinker
      September 27, 2011

      we working for ourself and to hell with the masses

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