A multi-million dollar project that officials say will transform the city of Roseau is scheduled to begin in late April or early May.
The Roseau River Promenade will be located between the West Bridge and the Dominica China Friendship Bridge.
“It will begin at the end of April to the beginning of May. The project will last about two years,” Senior Project Manager in the Ministry of Tourism, Danny Reid, told DNO.
Those whose livelihoods will be affected by the construction are some of the first persons being consulted by government officials.
Tourism officials met with bus drivers who operate between the west bridges on Monday.
They are also expected to meet with vendors on Tuesday and with land property and business owners on Wednesday.
Reid said government wanted to ensure that the construction of the Promenade includes the people.
“Over the next two days, we will be doing consultations with various stakeholders that we feel may be affected. We looked at the bus drivers today because we know that this is the hub where persons get on and off buses,” he said.
“We want to show them what the project looks like and show them how it is going,” he added.
He says many times projects are undertaken without the consultation of the people but this one is going to be different.
The tendering process for public bidding for the project opened Monday.
“We have broken down the tendering process in three packages. We will start off the project by the Northern Wall. That we hope to start by the last week in April this year, so we opened tenders today. It is opened to anyone who feels there are qualified. They can pick up the documents at the ministry and bid to undertake the project,” Reid said on Monday.
The project, which forms an integral part of the government’s redevelopment plan for the city of Roseau, is being funded by the government of Dominica and ALBA.
The proposal includes the development of facilities to be constructed along the banks of the Roseau River.
The facilities will include vending booths for food and beverage, landscaping and tree planting, a cantilevered board walk and a retaining wall.
An upscale restaurant and mini mall will also form part of the boardwalk feature.
Implementation will last over the next two years.
The exact cost is still being tabulated.
Sketches below show more of what the promenade will look like.