Gov’t tackles more roads in Grand Bay

Ongoing repairs on Tete Morne road
Ongoing repairs on Tete Morne road

Major roads in the Grand Bay community are being rehabilitated.

The Hon. Parliamentary for the Grand Bay Constituency, Justina Charles, accompanied GIS News to several road projects that were currently being undertaken in the community last week.

A $90,000 road project for residents of Hagley is a highlight of the activities. Fifteen people are employed there.

“This Hagley Road has been in a dilapidated condition for a little while to the extent that bus drivers would not take passengers there because they felt it was too bad to drive on. From the last tranche of money we got, I just thought I would engage a contractor from Hagley to do this piece of road. I can tell you that I am very satisfied with it. As I look at the work, I really feel that he has stretched that $90,000. When you engage people in the area to work, they claim ownership and try to make the best of the resources,” Charles stated.

Work on the Tete Morne Road has been ongoing for the past three weeks; for that the Hon. Parliamentary Representative is pleased.

She says, “That is something about which I have been speaking for a while. The road is bad with many potholes. Very often when the buses were transporting passengers, they would sometimes have difficulty finding the easier side of the road to drive on. It was terrible. Some of the potholes were so deep that probably half of the tires would go in. They were bad. So I spoke with the Hon. Minister for Public Works, Ian Pinard and told him of the situation.”

Several young persons are gainfully employed on that aspect of the rehabilitation project.

Commuters are excited about their new road and expressed their thanks to their Parliamentary Representative.

“The road was bad but right now everybody is smiling; they are happy about it,” said Contractor Shane Alexander.

According to resident, Junior John, “For many years the road was bad and now our Parliamentary Representative came and fixed it up [to what it is now.] They never fixed it like that before. It’s good. I appreciate it and it’s really nice.”

The Parliamentary Representative says her next mission is to target the secondary roads in the constituency.

In February 2014, more than $3-million was spent on the entire Lalay Road in Grandbay. The DOWASCO water pipes were replaced and the entire drainage system was overhauled and sidewalks constructed on both sides of the road.

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  1. I am Dominican
    April 7, 2015

    Why are some people tongues tied?

  2. April 4, 2015

    Rome was not built in a day ungrateful

  3. April 4, 2015

    With a government in power for almost 16 years and roads that have become so deplorable under its administration, the parliamentary representative should be a shame of herself. She is recounting how deep the potholes were. Doesn’t she know that it is the government’s responsibility to maintain the roads so they do not become impassable? How far can $90,000. EC go to rehabilitating a road? The government is doing what it does best. Putting band aids over deep wounds.

  4. The Facts
    April 3, 2015

    There is nothing better for the residents but to have proper road for commuting on especially buses. They have good reasons to be elated about the repaired road.
    The increase of pot holes could have stemmed from rain and also from heavy traffic. And of course, the roads must be properly constructed to withstand both.
    Hope this one lasts for some years. Happy traveling!

  5. observer
    April 3, 2015

    I say concrete roads over asphalt road simple because the local technology for building such roads is poor by our Dominicans locals. Simply spreading asphalt to cover holes will not last, especially under truck traffic. Do it good now and save in the long run. if you are going to go asphalt, preparing the subgrade is critical.

  6. April 3, 2015

    It was time ,because too many old people,sick and handicap find it quite difficult to walk on this road due to the very bad list vehicles and especially abulances will get to the needy much easier,,,without damaging the vehicles …the road from tete morne to soufriere needs a serious make over ,for pedestrians especially tourist and strangers who would prefer walking down to and from soufriere,,,less isolation for every one who enjoys nature because tete morne was a very beautiful place with a lot of flowers and well painted house but due to lack of proper infrastructure it looks like an abandon place..

  7. rob
    April 3, 2015

    Eh Beh, Justina ka bat Goovelma sa la. :-D :lol:

  8. What about their Road?
    April 2, 2015

    In Bellevue Chopin???? 8-O

    This road is delapidated too? And it has been like this for a number of years. All transports needs to take care going down this road because of the craters in them and the people who lives in the village has to walk on this every day!! We don’t think that, this is fear!!

    When can they expect their road to be dealt with too???

  9. April 2, 2015

    Do the people of grand bay pay house taxes, are they planting coffee cocoa and raising chickens to pay taxes to have their road fixed or they only want every thing free.

  10. Francisco Telemaque
    April 2, 2015

    For more than a hundred years, prior to Skerrit, roads were been built; fifteen years and four months with Skerrit, the emphasis is on repairing the same roads cut more than a hundred years ago.

    The entire infrastructure of the nation must be built, however, it goes beyond roads, and the painting of old broken down houses. An International Airport, General Hospital, and Municipal Hospitals are imperative in the development of the nations infrastructure.

    All the Labor Party seems concern about is spreading asphalts and concrete in certain places of the island, where all the people are dressed in red. Red is the color of communism; and represents the spilling of human blood! (bloodshed)!

  11. Picodeau
    April 2, 2015

    Anau hayla hurray
    Anu hayla bravo
    Chemain revez Gran Bay!!


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