Gov’t focuses on community road rehabilitation

road workRoad 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.

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  1. NicE n NaughtY
    November 29, 2013

    Aye papa should it be so glaring that election is coming, all about things happening.

  2. Mamize
    November 28, 2013

    Thank God for Lennox Linton, if not, nothing would not get done

  3. Jennifer
    November 28, 2013

    Election kar venie labour fou tout moon kar toi viele

  4. Anonymous
    November 28, 2013

    Alas, I not even from Salisbury but give them something nah. They are still part of Dominica too! Why are governments in this land so bad? It was same thing when uwp was in power. They didn’t give any attention to the communities who did not vote for them. This is not how any leader should treat his fellow countrymen. We are all Dominicans together. Give salisbury some attention. Their roads are so bad. I don’t like that at all. When was the last time Salisbury got anything? This isn’t right

  5. Anonymous
    November 28, 2013

    Every community has a good case for road rehabilitation but some have better cases and a few, even one comes to mind has the best case at present. Has anyone seen the state of the Wotten Waven road lately!!!! Dubbed the eco spa capital with connecting tours to Trafalgar falls (oh I forgot the bridge recently collapse)..the road in need of urgent attention… locals, Tourist and bus drivers suffering from driving on that road. For the tourist dollar sake during your season please revisit your community road rehab and MAKE Wotten Waven #1 priority.

    November 28, 2013

    The Parl. Rep for the Roseau Valley was fortunate enough to have funds originally airmarked for the Petite Savanne constituency transferred to him for the rehabilitation of the Morne Prosper road. Work started on that road since 2011 and villagers could not use the road until early 2013.

    Whereas, the people are grateful to the Parl.Rep and the government for the work done on the main village road, the people are sad that the repairs have been left half done, from the Wotten Waven junction to the home the Ambassador in Washington. The balance of the road remains undone and is still in a mess…Hopefully, it will be completed before the next elections when the millions will start flowing in the Roseau Valley to buy votes.
    Roseau Valley

  7. Tripple
    November 28, 2013

    doe Mr.Blackmore know of the “road” which is being “built”at Yampiece? If he does then you need to have a civil engineer or an engineering firm provide supervision for the construction of this road otherwise we will be wasting finances since the road will be washed away in a few years. Please note: the road is needed but there must be value for money; building a road is not the same as throwing concrete in your yard. On the other hand if the minister is not aware of this “road “being built in the community then something is drastically wrong in this country because to construct proper infrastructure in this area will cost a few million…and where is this money coming from?

  8. The Blackheart Man
    November 28, 2013

    Marigot oh how you have been forgotten…every single road in de community is in dire need of repair expect for de main road leading to the airport :'(

  9. Too Hard Too Long
    November 28, 2013

    What about the Cochrane road, especially the road to Middleham falls? It’s a mess.

  10. 4CAR
    November 28, 2013

    Shavez Tactics – Election is approaching and the Laborites are playing the only tricks they know. This time will be different.

  11. Van
    November 28, 2013

    Hope the road to Tete Morne is part of the rehabilitation?

    • Crows
      November 28, 2013

      how all you feel? no mention of Grand Bay, that alone Tete Morne. If that is not clear enough proof that nothing coming your way I do not know what is.

      • November 29, 2013

        Tete Morne being done. The Para rep, Minister Charles was on the news last nite talking about the commencement of road repairs in that area. All u business brite man. C what advantages u have wen your para. rep is a govt. minister unlike that little boy we have in St Joe, look at de state of the road under the cliff there

  12. YAH MAN..
    November 28, 2013

    what the gvt need to focus on is salary rehabilitation.. serious sene

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