Dominica/China Friendship Bridge now open

Damage caused by Erika (left), the bridge is now opened
Damage caused by Erika (left), the bridge is now opened

The Dominica/China Friendship Bridge has reopened following a period of closure.

The bridge, located next to the Roseau Market, suffered serious damage during the passage of Tropical Storm Erika on August 27, and since then has been under repairs.

Damage to the bridge also forced organizers to scrap Market Day with a Difference at the Roseau Market this year.

“The Friendship bridge is now reopened, leading to less traffic congestion in Roseau. Thanks to all who worked hard,” Minister of Tourism and Urban Development, Robert Tonge, said on his Facebook page.

In 2012, the EC $8 million bridge was officially opened and was constructed with Chinese grant funds over a 17-month period.

During its opening, Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit described it as an important piece of infrastructure in Dominica’s road network.

He said the government continues to make all attempts to bring the country’s road network to an acceptable standard.

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18 Comments

  1. A. George
    December 22, 2015

    Structurally i dint know if there was an jssue with the bridge but i saw no damage to the bridge. Ut was blocked of because of the huge holes in the road rught i front if the bridge. Just saying. The hole u are seeing i the photo above is i the street, not the bridge.

  2. From My Conference Room
    December 22, 2015

    Why is there still a sign this morning saying that the bridge is under construction so tourists in partlicular should not traverse that area?

    • Michael Devin
      December 23, 2015

      If the bridge is now opened that sign should have been removed. We still work back to front in 2015 in Dominica . We neee to be alert as people .

  3. Concerned Dominican
    December 22, 2015

    Deltina are you drunk? According to reports from officials the bridge was damaged. I am looking at the photo and it’s clear that the bridge was damaged. I guess you are out of Dominica and don’t have a clue! Get your facts straight before you come here talking crap!

    • *
      December 23, 2015

      She is right!!!

  4. Tony
    December 21, 2015

    Hello and good evening my people. Well its good to know that the bridge was repaired and is now open but the fact remain that this bridge is to low. The Government need to dredge the river all the way to Bath Estate in that way they would be able to control the water flow otherwise branches will continue to block the flow and damage the bridge.

  5. December 21, 2015

    Thanks that our Bridge over trouble waters is Reopen. It`s not a sprint but a Marathon.

  6. Roseau River
    December 21, 2015

    Wonderful Christmas present to all citizens.

  7. Deltina Castro
    December 21, 2015

    DNO that is very much wrong reporting. The Friendship Bridge it self was not damaged. It was the maid sewer and waste water lines running under and across the entrance of the bridge that was severely damaged.

    All the manholes were also damaged and had to be restored. The contractor and his crew must be complimented for working night and day in such hazardous and unhealthy condition to have the use of the bridge restored.

    Men were actually working in smelly human waste in the river to restore the sewer and waste water lines.
    compliments to all the workers involved.

    • Deltina Castro
      December 21, 2015

      Main sewer lines (correction)

    • Me
      December 22, 2015

      May the foo dogs be with you. For a while they were turned into poo dogs but I’m glad the equilibrium has been restored.

    • December 22, 2015

      I thought the bridge were damaged, Thanks for the information. And thanks as well for those men who had that great courage to worked under the conditions.

  8. cameron
    December 21, 2015

    Chinese engineering very cheap.

    • smh
      December 22, 2015

      It takes a cheapskate to know wi. For your information chinese have one the most advanced technologies in the world.

      • i
        December 22, 2015

        well apparently they didnt use any of their advanced technologies here!

      • Zeb Kooess
        December 22, 2015

        Yes, they are good at counterfeiting the real thing. Go to Canal street.

    • Just my 2 cents
      December 22, 2015

      Ungrateful

    • Zeb Kooess
      December 22, 2015

      It still is a temporary bridge. Made in China we know what that means.

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