Major infrastructural works on the Bois Diable to White River road will commence this month, Public Works and Ports Minister Ian Pinard has revealed.
The project, which costs $21.2-million, is being financed under the 10th European Development Fund (EDF).
Pinard also said other road works in the east of Dominica, among other areas, will be improved as part of the project.
“This project will see the construction of the White River Bridge and several other bridges along the Bois Diable to White River main road,” Pinard said at a town hall meeting last week.
According to Pinard work will also be done on culverts, drains along the main road and cliff stabilization.
“The project is expected to be completed within 16 months,” he revealed. “We expect major work to commence in August 2015.”
He noted that while the government is grateful for the assistance from the European Union for the project, “we are also aware that the scope of the required works comes nowhere close to addressing the short comings of the east and south-east roads.”
Pinard revealed that currently the government is exploring initiatives for the comprehensive rehabilitation of roads in the east and south-eastern part of the island, identified as follows: Pont Casse to Bois Diable, Bois Diable to White River, Bois Diable to Castle Bruce, Castle Bruce to Petite Soufriere and Castle Bruce to Hatton Garden.
He noted that approximately 75 Kilometres or 47 miles have been targeted for necessary upgrade.
“In addition, 11 bridges and 440 culverts will be replaced,” he stated.
Meantime Pinard remarked that rehabilitation of drainage infrastructure in Fortune and Green Valley in Point Michel will also continue in the new financial year to the tune of $2.3-million.
“Since the December 2013 trough we have seen failure of drains and culverts and the undermining of the ravine in both Point Michel and New Town,” Pinard explained. “This financial year more systems will go towards completing those projects which already started from the previous financial year.”
He also pointed to a project on the sea wall near the Douglas Charles Airport.
He pointed out that over the years large waves have been breaching the sea walls on the eastern part at the Douglas Charles Airport, causing serious problems for motorists.
“But this project will do additional wave breakers to help break down the waves before it hits unto the sea wall,” he indicated. “This is expected to greatly reduce the amount of sea water coming on the main road. We will also do some drainage work on the main road to ensure that excess water do not remain on the main road.”