Road rehabilitation works persist as the Government of Dominica continues to make every effort to address the challenges posed by heavy rainfall and its impact on road and other related infrastructure.
Minister for Public Works, Energy and Ports Hon. Rayburn Blackmoore, told representatives of the media last week that important roads in communities such as Laudat, Calibishie, Castle Bruce, Portsmouth and Thibaud have received some attention.
“During the past couple of months, we have been working on a number of community roads across the country. For example in the village of Laudat, we are spending close to four hundred thousand dollars to rehabilitate the main road in Laudat. This is being done as a community based project, where the contractors are from the community of Laudat,” the Minister said.
“The Jalousie road in Castle Bruce is currently being addressed, he added.
“Historically there has been a water situation in Lagoon Portsmouth, We are now improving the drains and installing new sidewalks to be followed by actual surfacing of the road in that area. The Pointe Baptiste road in Calibishie is another very important road which we are paying attention to,” the Minister said.
Blackmoore reported that Government will spend three million dollars in the Petite Savanne community to install proper drainage and road surfacing.
“We have actually begun doing repair works in Petite Savanne area where we shall be spending close to 3 million dollars to install proper drainage and to resurface the road in certain areas by way of asphalted concrete. The same will be done within that contract scope in the Boetica, Delices area, where we will be rehabilitating that section of the road by way of proper asphalted concrete surface and improvement to the drain work,” he said.
Minister Blackmooore said attention will also be placed on rehabilitating two major roads in the town of Portsmouth.
“We are in the process of transferring $247,000.00 to the Portsmouth Town Council which will go towards the total rehabilitation of two roads in Portsmouth, one on Rodney’s Street and the other one Harbour lane. Both roads will be given proper drainage and sidewalks.
The Minister noted that Government will soon pay attention to the rehabilitation works that are required on the East Coast road.
Prime Minister and Minister for Finance, Hon. Roosevelt Skerrit in his 2013-2014 budget presentation indicated that Government is in the process of finalizing the arrangements with the European Union to proceed with the implementation of the sections identified for financing under the B’envelope.
He stated that actual works are expected to start towards the last quarter of the financial year.