Charles Avenue gets $3-million rehabilitation

The contract for the project was signed on Tuesday

Over $3-million has been allocated for the rehabilitation of Charles Avenue of Goodwill.

This was announced today (Tuesday, May 16, 2017) by the Minister of Public Works and Ports Senator Miriam Blanchard.

The contract for the works was signed in the conference room of the National Authorizing Office and was awarded to Offshore Civil and Marine Incorporated and is expected to be completed in 22 weeks.

510 metres of road is set to be rehabilitated and the project is being financed by the High Way Maintenance Levy.

“This along awaited project is now closer to becoming a reality,” Blanchard said.

She noted that the existing road structure has been in a poor state inclusive of road edge failures and the existence of inadequate drainage.

Blanchard noted that the government was aware of the risk factors the road posed to both pedestrians and motorists.

“In addition the deep open drains on that road pose a risk to both pedestrians and drivers especially at night cognizant of this your caring government included the rehabilitation of Charles Avenue in the fiscal year 2016/2017 budget,” said Blanchard.

She remarked that the rehabilitation of Charles Avenue is part of the government’s ongoing build back initiative.

“I wish to take this opportunity to both the residents of lower Goodwill and the many citizens of Dominica who traverse Charles Avenue for their understanding as work for this project gets underway,” she stated.

The Highway Maintenance Levy came into effect in September, 2015.

 

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28 Comments

  1. Possie last time
    May 17, 2017

    You mean to tell me between former DBMC and PMH road is worth $3 Million Eastern Caribbean dollars to fix? No wonder Public Works closed down. Guess I studied the wrong field. I should have studied “[email protected]$$” to make money in Dominica instead of paying student loan and still not get a job when I returned.

  2. little yout
    May 17, 2017

    lived in GOODWILL for many years, i doh know this woman, have never seen her in my area or anywhere playing spots with us. She doh say hello to anyone so please doh come an and asked us to vote for you, after how de babylon treat us. come good.

  3. shrewd
    May 17, 2017

    A mile of road with 4 lanes cost $1.25 million USD, which is $3,375000. ECD how can less than half a mile of road and less than 2 lane road cost over $3 million ECD. Over priced by $1 million ECD.

    • Anthony P. Ismael
      May 18, 2017

      Not really. I think you failed to count the portion for the boys. How else will they build their mansions and travel overseas? :-P :-P :-P :-P

  4. Mother
    May 17, 2017

    Can I ask please, while they are doing this work can they also put a roundabout at the junction of Charles Avenie and the Goodwill Road. That is such a dangerous spot and I’m sure traffic there will increase when Charles Avenue has been upgraded. Please, don’t wait for accidents to happen. Thank you.

    • Roger Burnett
      May 17, 2017

      This is very sensible suggestion. I recently made the same recommendation to the Traffic Department.

      The junction by Public Works is another contender for a properly scaled roundabout on level ground. I stress “properly scaled” and on “level ground”. They should not be diminutive, as the one by the Post Office, or sited on a slope, as the one at Pont Casse.

      In Dominica we have roundabouts where they are not needed and dangerous road junctions where they are needed. Having said that, many Dominican drivers do not understand that on entering a roundabout you give way to traffic approaching from your right.

      • Titiwi
        May 18, 2017

        Roger, I concur, The mini-round about near the post office is a planning abomination, let’s leave it at that. However, One observation follows from that though,. Any newly constructed or re-constructed roundabout should have a kerb of sufficient height to dissuade motorists from driving straight across it. Also, they should have no central feature that obscures the view.
        With regards to your remark that traffic coming from the right should have priority I think that is too complicated for us. I know my compatriots and without wanting to give offence, I sometimes wonder how may of us know the difference between right and left, or if we do, pay heed!
        A simpler rule ,and more pragmatic would be that traffic already on the roundabout has priority.

  5. ye yep
    May 17, 2017

    Where is Charles Avenue again?

    • Me
      May 17, 2017

      Are you a Dominican? If you have to ask I am not going to tell you.

  6. dissident
    May 17, 2017

    Chasing after the Roseau North voters.
    Mark you the votes that count are UWP they need.
    Let’s see if this will make a difference.
    Take note: The Blanchard woman can’t possibly overshadow Tim Tim!!!!!!!!!

  7. Jose
    May 17, 2017

    I commend the Government for undertaking this project ,at the appropriate time in particular as the new hospital is under construction, this I’d the main road which leads to the hospital coming from the northern section of the country .
    Well done.

    • Me
      May 17, 2017

      Get your geographics right Jose. Charles Avenue runs from East to West.

      • Hugh G. Recshun (esq.)
        May 18, 2017

        It is a main road. Not the only one, but is considered a main road. The one an ambulance would most likely take (charles avenue – up by planning and the pentecostal church) to quickly reach the hospital. Jose is correct.

  8. Real Possie man
    May 16, 2017

    Every body can get for their area except the Hon Ian Douglas. Always last.

    • A. George
      May 17, 2017

      Really? I find Portsmouth proper have good roads wi… even sidewalks.

      Picard is another story but if that was a private development then shouldn’t they set up their infrastructure? Im just asking…

  9. Anthony P. Ismael
    May 16, 2017

    Nice job. Countless vehicles over the years have fallen victim to these deep drains.

  10. Not a herd follower
    May 16, 2017

    Was this project subject to a competitive tender process?

    • indira Ghandi
      May 16, 2017

      But where was all that money hidden?
      Wicked.

      • May 17, 2017

        WHAT DEFFERENT DOES IT MAKE AS LONG AS THE ROADS ARE FIX .

      • P.I.
        May 17, 2017

        CBI money that doing all that. u more wicked. the same thing peepeeites try to destroy. wicked peepeeites

  11. marie-claire R Skerrit
    May 16, 2017

    I dont understand where all this money is coming from all of a sudden. Please help me understand these projects and can we get information of these contractor’s background all these monies are being signed over too. I smell a rat as it relates to another corrupted way of the unlawful exchange of monies being mask in the form of these projects. Who is profiting from these deals..your guess is as good as mines

    • A. George
      May 16, 2017

      its coming from a levy that drivers pay starting in 2015

    • Jose
      May 17, 2017

      Can you read and understand,or are you living In Domini├ža, didn’t you hear that in the 2015-2016 budget address that the government introduced sa Road Levy which everyone criticized, well if you or your husband or child owned a vehicle and you paid the levy,thats where the money came from.

  12. Rose Street taxpayer
    May 16, 2017

    Are taxpayers really getting value for money with all of these millions of dollars being spent? Hope taxpayers are not paying more than the true cost of those projects. By the way, the bumpy and pothole filled Rose Street is desperately awaiting attention after about 12 years of neglect. But please, do not inflate costs when undertaking this project.

    • megso
      May 16, 2017

      You don’t have to pass Rose Street to get to the ‘New, improved hospital’

    • May 17, 2017

      Yes I agree with you rose street is in bad shape worst than I ever see it remember this road was built in the 50.s and never been resurface just patch and patching makes road worse because its never the same level
      or strength so yes rose street need redoing.

  13. Me
    May 16, 2017

    Thank God! Not before time. The construction of the new hospital was pivotal in this long- overdue improvement.

  14. Sylvester Cadette
    May 16, 2017

    This is wonderful news to a project that is sorely needed and long overdue. great that due attention is being given and the potential hazard can be eradicated through an anticipated well-done job. I am encouraged.

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