Minister of Public Works Rayburn Blackmoore has given an indication that help is being sought to reduce the occurrences of falling rocks and to better handle other such situations along the cliff near the village of Tarreau.
The Minister was speaking to members of the press while he and other ministry officials exhibited some of the works done there, this morning. He said that the assistance is being sought as part of the West Coast Road Project.
Blackmoore said, “We have written to the Chinese, through the ambassador, to have some shelving done and to use a modern wire netting system to mitigate against the occurrence of any rolling rocks or rolling stones under the cliff area and what you will see is a total transformation of the entire area.”
He also sought to bring some clarity to the appearance on that section of the project, pointing out what motorists and the public, at large, should expect once the project is completed.
“Upon completion one will realize the kind of improvement that would have taken place in term of transforming the physical landscape from Roseau to Burrough’s Square in Portsmouth. [The works] in Tarreau represents a major intervention. We have seen the completion of a sea defence wall with an approximate cost of $25-million. We are also going to see the reconstruction of the road component of the project and we’re going to have, upon completion, two lanes with a wide enough shoulder for vehicles to pull over. Each lane will be 3.75 meters wide. We’re just finalizing the design to have the bridge extended by five meters to allow for bi-directional traffic flow in a two-lane arrangement. You will realize also that we have started the backfilling and the excavation of [the southern approach] for a smoother transition,” he stated.
He expects that motorists will find the entire project creates for them a much safer, better road surface than previous, providing the opportunities for greater commerce as it links the two main towns on the island as the most traversed stretch of road in the country.
The entire project improves 45 kilometers of roadway.