Contract signed for rehabilitation of collapsed road in Dublanc


The road collapsed on March 12
The road collapsed on March 12

The Government of the Commonwealth of Dominica today signed a contract with George Excavating & Trucking Services for the rehabilitation of the failed section of road in Dublanc.

Specifically, George Excavating & Trucking Services has been contracted to construct a retaining wall, pavement and drains in Dublanc along a section of the E. O. Leblanc Highway that collapsed following Tropical Storm Erika which took place on August 27, 2015 and was further damaged after heavy rainfall on March 12, 2016.

According to Public Works Minister Miriam Blanchard: “The Government of the Commonwealth of Dominica took a decision that urgent rehabilitation works were necessary since the E. O. Leblanc Highway serves as the primary route for vehicular traffic between Roseau and the Portsmouth as well as a number of communities in between. In spite of the fact that this area was earmarked for rehabilitated by the Government of the People’s Republic of China (PRC), the rapid deterioration necessitated the advancement of works. The Technical Services Division of the Ministry of Public Works and Ports prepared designs and estimates to rehabilitate this area of road.

March 22, 2016, three contractors were short-listed and invited to tender on the project. Upon completion of the Tender Process, George Excavating & Trucking Services was awarded the contract to carry out the proposed works. The contract is valued at EC$1,114,248.80 and is scheduled to be completed in twelve weeks.”

About the construction

The Works will include the construction of a reinforced concrete retaining wall (45 meters in length) with rock armour protection at its base, earthworks, concrete curb and reinstatement of the north bound lane to include sub-base, base and asphalt wearing course. The contract also includes the construction of 38m of rigid pavement and slipper drains along secondary village road.

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  1. Faith
    April 23, 2016

    George Excavating & Trucking Services has been contracted to construct a retaining wall, pavement and drains in Dublanc along a section of the E. O. Leblanc Highway.

    A trucking and excavation service is being given numerous projects to build bridges, retaining walls and other major construction projects by the government while there are qualified construction contractors bidding on this important projects.

    Why is this so? Oh yes this is the brother of the advisor to the PM. Forgot! He is the one who made the mess at the Pond Case $1milloin road crossing project. Money in the boys pocket.

    Patience is the best weapon .. lets wait

  2. DomiChina
    April 19, 2016

    I knew Darky did not have any meaningful sense to suggest anything sensible no wonder the comments are hidden…. soooooo low in thought; cant process right from wrong

  3. April 19, 2016

    The government needs to employ more of our local not only George i need a contract to. but in spite of everything we are a bless country thank god because the world is falling apart see for yourself don,t be fool but wise it is a little harder day by day rich & poor start to cry.

  4. I know what I know
    April 19, 2016

    March 22, 2016, three contractors were short-listed and invited to tender on the project. Upon completion of the Tender Process, George Excavating & Trucking Services was awarded the contract to carry out the proposed works.

    Is this why since March 15 2016 that same George started mobilization to the vicinity of the project knowing very well that this was definitely his project. Just check at the top of the hill at Bioche and follow up.

  5. Me
    April 19, 2016

    What is the value of this contract? I have not seen a figure mentioned anywhere.
    Who will oversee the quality assurance of this job to make sure we get value for money but even more important, that it is secure and safe. Last but not least, was this project put out to tender?

  6. RastarMarn
    April 18, 2016

    “George Excavating & Trucking Services” is not that same George that is Emanuel Nanthan’s (Mano”s) Brother nuh,,,

    The real issue here is the same money the government can find to give to a contractor is not that same money they could transfer to Public Works Department to handle that task???

  7. love I
    April 18, 2016

    Who are the local Engineers..??

  8. Wheel again
    April 18, 2016

    I am hoping that urgent attention will be given to the section of the Giraudel road, via Castle Comfort, just beyond Hon, Blackmoore’s residence. That is an ‘accident’ waiting to collapse.

    The excavators and loaded pre-mix cement trucks regularly traversing that road make it even more dangerous.

  9. Concerned Domincan
    April 18, 2016

    This government is so unfair..I guess that he only realized that the road needs to repaired after the vehicular accident …wake up Dominican you all are too laid back and demand whats right for our country

  10. DomiChina
    April 18, 2016

    Darky is obviously a DLP and singing for the supper

    Dominica seem to be failing under the administration of the Labour Government. Some people like DLP because they are getting, but let truth be told, the government is a failure.

  11. Anna Prince
    April 18, 2016

    Something has to be done about this blatant, in-your-face corruption. How does the government pick their own men to do jobs financed by tax payers? This is provocation to the max, if I was involved in the construction industry I would have lead a revolt against this B.S.but I guess the construction people are too coward and opportunistic to take a stand.
    Meanwhile they escape with murder.

  12. Preacher
    April 18, 2016

    Dominicans are worse than the children of Isreal
    Nothing is pleasing them
    It is true many people just hate the PM
    I wonder if Linton would do better
    Help us Lord

    • Concern citizen
      April 18, 2016

      Thanks Mr Preacher,
      I love your comment but u know what, I don’t blame the PM for he is a good boy so he is helping himself but I blame you and those who think like u.
      are u satisfy with the way Dominica is presently? After 50 long years Portsmouth people are voting for the same party although they are in power for close to 20 years are u satisfy with the state of the town of Portsmouth? what about Dominica on a hole are u satisfy with the underdeveloped country of Dominica?

    • Me
      April 18, 2016

      Would Linton do better? Why not give him a chance and finc out. The state we’re in we do not have much to lose, do we?

  13. Dawn of Justice
    April 18, 2016

    Corruption with the road projects made God wipe them away, he will wipe them away again until u all stop thiefing de state and work for the good of Dominica.

  14. mosquito 1
    April 18, 2016

    Dark ,you are saying it as it is true to the fact but this scumbags of the state to name a few do not like it…..

  15. ????
    April 18, 2016

    It would be interesting to know else tendered. How many people are aware that to tender on EU projects like the BAM the company tendering has to provide information about their Technical staff? Examples of Technical Staff would include at least an Engineer with experience in the said field of work of over 5yrs. Does the company in question have Technical Staff and if yes do they meet the prerequisite? Does he have any consulting Engineers who work with him, or Ministry Engineers are sent onsite to assist him in the event technical issues arises?

    • BEB
      April 18, 2016

      If a foreign company was awarded the contract, the same thing would be talked about. Dominicans are hard to please. a Trini would do it at a cheaper cost. lol.

  16. Massacre
    April 18, 2016

    All over the island the roads are in a deplorable state. So I hope the same will be done in the country side. I don\’t know who the true owner of this company is , but at least it looks like they are local.
    Dense made a lot of money for us to use his bridge in Macousui so I hope we will a good deal there too.

  17. some eating all
    April 18, 2016

    Some EATING ALL. The modus operandi of Skerritt and his DLP Gov’t as all Dominicans are seeing.

    kick-backs, /…… have been a feature of many construction projects, especially where transparency, accountability and mediocre work are concerned. The issue of corruption is a major problem, since in an environment plagued with same, many irregularities occur, no one is made responsible. The citizens are short-changed.

    One set to EAT, then? One set to make money, then? Skerritt and his Cabal have successfully taken the majority of Dominicans to the NEXT LEVEL of Poverty and MEDICANCY (begging).

    9 months since ERIKA, the country is on REMOTE control, with the economy in shambles. The standards of living of the majority continue to slide down and down and down.

  18. The panama Papers
    April 18, 2016

    So you mean to tell me what Mano making from the sale of passports not enough? The government (one man) has to find a way to pass money to the gang? Wasn’t George Trucking the one given a government contract just before Erika, which paved the way for Erika to do more destruction in Roseau? Boy as far as I am concerned these guys are given contracts to crack open doors for the hurricane season that is fast approaching, so the boys and them could make more money after the storm, while the rest of us have to susay sell and bury our dead

  19. dissident
    April 18, 2016

    Jobs for the DLP boys.
    De governments doesn’t even make an effort to appear to be fair.

    Unashamed and disgraceful!
    Insensitive and treacherous!

  20. I want to know
    April 18, 2016

    This news item is purposefully misleading with the view of covering their corruption. Who is the manager and owner of George Excavating & Trucking Services? Why not make mention of the owner so the nation could know the truth? Since no mention of owner was made, I wish to ask some important questions here:

    1. Is George Nanthan, the brother of Emmanuel Nanthan the owner ?
    2. Is Emanuel Nanthan, the owner?
    3. Is PM Skerrit the owner or have shares in the company?
    4. Is it owned by George, Mano and Skerrit (GMS)?

    DNO I do not know and I am very careful not to come to any conclusions. However, to validate my name I am simply asking questions because I want to know.

    • darky
      April 18, 2016

      Thats not your business if you are not helping renovate the road smh yall so sickening

      • I want to know
        April 18, 2016

        @darky, I guess you even want us to shut our mouth even if we see a murderer killing a person right? I mean especially if the murderer is your friend?

      • AAGabriel
        April 18, 2016

        If he/she is a citizen of this country it is his/her business. So spare us all your wisdom!!

  21. Floridian Diaspora
    April 18, 2016

    Skeritt doesn’t care about the people of Dominica. If one is to carefully observe and put things in perspective, they will come to realize that this rotten RED tomato, the broke left hand GOD, the cursed labor party is very evil and they actually (believe it or not) want to kill Dominicans. There are countless incidents when a natural disaster would occur and they would totally ignore it. They would wait for somebody somewhere to fall in it, severely injure themselves first, and it is only then they would make a move. The Du blanc road is a perfect example. It’s only because some rain break up the road the other and somebody went down there with their bus they giving it some attention now. Unless someone life is not on the line, they don’t seem to care. Let a few vehicles go down by the Hillsborough Bridge in Layou and you’ll see how fast they will fix that piece of broken road. Until that happens it will stay how it is there for years to come. That’s the labor way. Lovely!!!

    • darky
      April 18, 2016

      What are you contributing??? nothing so SHUT your piehole and go do some work, i believe allu really jealous skeritt smh

      • Floridian Diaspora
        April 18, 2016

        Jealous of what??? I really want to know? I could never be jealous of immorality and viciousness

      • mosquito 1
        April 18, 2016

        Dark, true to the fact, what have this lots done apart from insulting everything about Dominica but this lot they know whom they are will never and i say never will they destroy Dominica again, so it shall be reaten so it shall be done.

  22. Seminole Ave
    April 18, 2016

    was there any bidding, another hand picked Government supporter!

    unless the educated fools in Dominica don’t rise above the fray this island will continue
    to be the laughing stock of the region…

    that’s why all their sectors continue to be dismal…

    dominica is not a place known for success economic wise…

  23. smdh
    April 18, 2016

    only in Dublanc road falling? 8 months now after Erica and the country keeps falling apart piece by piece. all we can do it patch work and duct tape it back together. For years that is our mentality. put a prap for it to stand still.

  24. Tjebe Fort
    April 18, 2016

    George Excavating & trucking not owned by Mano Nanthan?? Same fellow that built a wall in the Roseau river and leave all the waste in the middle, of the river? Keep it in the family , maybe his brother not making enough on passport sales already?

    • T
      April 18, 2016

      Tjebe Fort, Not Mano own nah the brother, the same one that got to do the walls by the river in town, the same one that got to do the bridge etc just before Possie alas one thing really LABORITES that eating eh….

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