Public Works Minister, Rayburn Blackmoore, lists new road projects

Public Works Minister Rayburn Blackmoore
Public Works Minister Rayburn Blackmoore

Road rehabilitation is set to continue across the island. That’s according to the Public Works Minister Rayburn Blackmoore.

During a recent Press Conference the Minister revealed plans for several projects which will be undertaken to have a number of main roads in perfect condition in Dominica.

He began with the plans for the eastern part of the island saying, “From Bois Diable to the White River, we have been able to secure by way of grant facility from the European Union $6.5-million. Some major interventions will be undertaken through that segment of the road, including a new bridge in the White River area among others.”

He also stated that vulnerable area which poses tremendous challenges will also receive some attention.

“The area before you get to Rosalie is prone to landslides etc so we’ll be doing some serious excavation and installing retaining walls to ensure that there is protection to the road from the river in that area,” the minister noted.

The Government of Dominica has also drafted a comprehensive plan for the improvement of Dominica’s road network affirmed Blackmoore.

He says another area which needs attention is the Pond Casse road.

“From Pond Casse going back into Castle Bruce, Petite Soufriere, Carib Reserve, Hatton Garden there’s some serious undertakings that we must do and this is the only Government that has the plans and the means to mobilize the requisite resources to seriously [execute] that project,” he noted.

He said, “We have also been speaking to the World Bank and you heard the Prime Minister pronounce the possibility of trying to source funds from the Chinese Government Loan Facility that is available to the Caribbean Basin to the tune of over $3-billion.  We believe that we can address that road once and for all and we’re talking well over 140 million dollars to properly rehabilitate the road from Pond Casse going back to Castle Bruce, Petite Soufriere and of course the Carib Reserve and Hatton Garden area.”

The minister said that the vision of the current administration is to have 100 percent of the main road network in perfect condition by 2020. In the shorter term, by 2015, 60 percent of the road network should be completed.

Blackmoore further revealed that currently 61 percent of the main road network in Dominica is in perfect condition, putting the Government ahead of its 2015 target.

He also added that even while the comprehensive plan for the total rehabilitation of main roads is set in place, several projects are currently underway across the island.

Work costing $400,000 is currently being done on the Laudat main road and three hundred thousand dollars is being spent on the Pointe Baptiste road in Calibishie.

Road and retaining wall projects are also in progress at Jimmit, Thibaud, Cottage, Lagoon and the Penville- Vieille Case road, according to the minister.

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82 Comments

  1. Tumble back kick
    August 27, 2013

    Those roads too koshi, we are in a new millennium, Toneh from Marigot to Possie, can’t remain in my seat, detou here and everywhere; whole hour to travel less than 30 miles, road small and half of it in bush! Magwe sa! Nou ka jigback!!

  2. MIB
    August 27, 2013

    Say what allu want about Blackmoore, but one thing that man working in his constituency. I not a laborite but he getting my vote.

  3. Anthony Ismael
    August 27, 2013

    Less than 24 hours after I mentioned the Point Michel area, there was a major landslide. The cliff needs to be cut and shelved. Let’s not wait for innocent citizens to die before something is done in Point Michel.
    Rehabilitation on this portion of road is needed as soon as possible.

    • fair play
      August 27, 2013

      When will the minister announce the completion of the Pond Cassie /Melville Airport Road.
      Four years construction and still not completed

  4. The Rising UWP
    August 27, 2013

    Like it or not I am extrimely excited for these projects. I believe that election should be called every 3 years then we would see more development. If all these are real, then cudos to Blackmore. I am still running with UWP. I hope my party take heed for if we win the election.

  5. Frenz.
    August 27, 2013

    Yes I and they say that their administration is the best we have seen and hyenas that were part of previous administrations are sitting by in the cabinet and allowing these arrogant idiots to make those false statements. Three terms in office and the minister is talking that level of nonsense. Freedom party did much more road work and other infrastructure work in less than 5 years. So when I hear people talk about giving credit to this administration for roadwork etc I shake my head but then I know that the people who buy into this are those who are either to young to know ,those who simply want to burry their heads in the sand or those deliberately bias.
    I do understand that after 15 years the administration would rather talk about roads cause there is nothing else that they can talk about. They cannot talk about anything that has to do with the economy -people development; employment, poverty, health, sports development.

    Somebody need to ask these guys what it is that they were so focused on that it will take 15 years to get the major roads in drivable condition. Freedom Party did it in less than 5 years and UWP built more infrastructure in 5 years. Maybe OBSERVER the propagandist or Peeping Tom the deceptionist might want to answer. What about Justice and Truth or Lizavier4jesus the two hypocrites and parasite in Canada. What about Real Porssie.
    We must also understand why these band of crooks would like the conversation to remain on Lennox Linton’s academic qualification and on Isaac’s business debts. Notice Isaac’s academic qualification is not jungle like so they take it to his debt. Instead of telling us that Isaac is incapable of turning our economy into a productive economy they looking for unnecessary distractions. But then again they dare not talk about the economy.

  6. St.Joseph
    August 27, 2013

    I regret that I voted for DLP,becuase every election they coming up with the same promises, and when Dominicans vote for them , nothing is being done in the same areas they campaigned about.
    So long the roads are bad all over Dominica, and its only now you promising new road projects?
    You all have out-lived your welcome and it is time to go.
    I am feeling so sorry that Kelver got caught up in this.

  7. Massacre
    August 27, 2013

    Who are those people who really fall for these old election tricks that DLP has been using over the past 13 yrs? I mean, fool me once shame on you but fool me so many times and I should be wise enough to see through the lies.
    You are the same minister who could not find money to pay the truckers for work that they have already done!!
    And now , just for votes in the coming elections you going to all trickery in the book.
    But you and DLP will not fool Dominicans this time.

    • The Rising UWP
      August 27, 2013

      Why you guys keep saying that Dominicals were fooled. When the people go to the polies they vote who they think is best to lead them. When the party doesn’t leave up to expectation they are voted out. Please don’t insult us for I as a suporter of UWP respect everyone’s decision and welcome them to join our party.

  8. Hmmmmm
    August 27, 2013

    Woy Woy Woy something happening. Elections coming….

  9. August 27, 2013

    more lies from blackmore

  10. WE VOTING UWP
    August 27, 2013

    Whether our roads are 60 or 100 percent in excellent condition, as the Calypsonian has advised, the people cannot eat concrete. The economy is struggling. Things are bad with the people, while the Ministers are doing well. The people are suffering. Therefore, WE ARE VOTING UWP. Change is a must not an option. We Fear No more and come next elections, we are sure with the SAW.

    • The Rising UWP
      August 27, 2013

      We are not eating concrete but do you understand the dynamics of building all these roads. The jobs available to our people, truckers, vendors, supermarkets, restaurants, fishermen etc. Thats how our people eat when these roads are build. So lets not allow aor passion to cloud our judgement and thinking and be smart. Its not wrong to say that is good but you still voting UWP for that’s what I am saying. I agree we sure with the SAW.

      • Jay
        August 27, 2013

        It is today and yesterday since we needed those jobs. We can not eat concrete, we can not eat roads and promises give us indigestion and wind.

  11. ROSEAU VALLEY
    August 26, 2013

    Okay, I am prepared to take some blows here. The percentage may not be 60% but whatever it is, the government has put a lot of effort into road rehabilitation, upgrade and maintenance. Give jack his jacket.

    Generally, the major roads are in relatively good conditions (excellent may be an exaggeration) and a lot of work has been ongoing in several areas.

    With respect to the Roseau Valley, whatever one may say about Dr. Mac, he made sure that monies were available, even if he had to take it from Dr. Darroux’s budget in the Petite Savanne constituency to repair the Morne Prosper village road. The Laudat and Trafalgar main roads were first of the list. Wotton Waven and Cochrane are now getting some attention. Now, we hear of the widening of the road under the St Aroment cliff, the promise to construct a proper bridge over the Roseau River in Elmshall and the continuation of the sidewalks from Bath Estate to Silver Lake etc.

    Indeed, all the roads cannot be repaired at once. Therefore, to say what about this road or that road is as a point of criticism may be unfair to the minister. Minister Blackmore rightfully deserves some praise and congratulations for blowing his own horn, just in case we had not noticed. A good driver knows to blow his horn around a sharp bend when you do not know what is around the corner.

    With great respect
    Roseau Valley

    • John Paul
      August 27, 2013

      Fine Fine True but let us take the Laudat road as an example,It has been widened but now the Government did not see it fit to save the aerial tram .66 jobs lost and one Tourism site dead.The Govt. is busy pursuing Geo Thermal energy but will this pursuit put Ti tou Gorge in danger ? What about the Freshwater lake and Boeri Lake and Middleham Falls?One Blowout and the purpose of this road is null and Void.If You think this is unrealistic let us look at Agriculture.Meudon Estate was owned by Pascal Laudat and was a thriving coffee plantation since the day of slavery.Cocoa,Vanilla and various citrus can do well there .What has our Government done over the years to encourage a thriving agricultural base ?This estate was doing well even when there was a cobbled road so now we have a good road what is the purpose?

  12. kaiso
    August 26, 2013

    I am Fed Up with Labour

    • hmm
      August 27, 2013

      me too

  13. Anonymous
    August 26, 2013

    I am from petite savanne and my advice to Kenneth is get out and further yourself in medicine .You will do better there cousin

  14. labour root
    August 26, 2013

    hope they will be better than the granbay road.

  15. wow
    August 26, 2013

    you cannot even cut the grass on the grand bayroad.We will tie goats from Fond Baron to Grand Bay .Thank you to the two parl reps,the prime minister and you Mr Blackmore for forgetting that wei exist

  16. Top cop
    August 26, 2013

    Rayburn stop fooling the people since the last election you have been singing that very song it’s time u stop and get the work going too manyyyyyyyy emptyyyyyyy promises lazy minister lazy Government

  17. Tetemorne
    August 26, 2013

    Grand Bay and Tetemorne roads, this is a labour sure seat, why is the labour party not looking after everybody, including those that are with them all these years, win loos or draw. Invest in Grand Bay especially Tetemorne and Montine, unemployment and poverty is high there and I am not seeing any investment to better the lives of the South City People. Wake up South City, u love labour but labour doh love you. Misery we seeing

    • T
      August 27, 2013

      Because they know all you are foolish people.

  18. "O" STRESS"
    August 26, 2013

    Nice one you can fool some of the people sometimes but you cannot fool all the people all of the time. You have been “DE–Coded” just say election is coming and every village will get every thing. Hope you all are saving copies of your speech. Soon you all will have enough time to listen to your selves. “SMFH”.

  19. marion
    August 26, 2013

    the 11 million equipment need work, so you and austrie can make money.the chinese boat that brought it in da ….all duty free

  20. marion
    August 26, 2013

    hope they use your equipment to do the job

  21. lord help us
    August 26, 2013

    “From Pond Casse going back into Castle Bruce, Petite Soufriere, Carib Reserve, Hatton Garden there’s some serious undertakings that we must do and this is the only Government that has the plans and the means to mobilize the requisite resources to seriously [execute] that project,” he noted.

    Was Mr. Blackmoore normal during this press conference or was he just politicking? I have few questions for him:
    1. Sir, since 2000 has there been another government in Dominica apart from the DLP? To hear you say that “This is the only government that has the plans and the means” sounds like words of a drunk man. No doubt you all had the means to make a difference in Dominica; but did you use the means to better Dominica? Absolutely not! The truth is you all used the means to fatten yourselves while you made beggars of us that eat from crumbs from our masters table.

    2.Are you just talking crap because election is around the corner and you all just trying fool us again?

    3.By the way, since you are trying to compare your government with other administrations, here is what we know? We never had an administration that was as greedy and corrupt like yours. We never had any administration with villas, mansions, SUV’s, etc like this one.

    4. Did you make mention of the Penville Cottage to Thibaud road? I know the said road was in the pipeline under the UWP administration. In fact under UWP, colverts were already laid from Blenheim to Vielle case while there was work done from Penville to Cottage. When the DLP took over in 2000, the said project was what delivered the Vielle case constituency to them because you promised to finish it during your first term. It’s 13 years now and the people of Penville and Thibaud have seen nothing but a disaster. So now because you know election coming all you start to talk again?

  22. Ti Ti mus
    August 26, 2013

    lol lol one thing yall in dominica not short of nice roads yea. Road projects alone this government running…while the people poor. The people can’t eat roads can they? Their college educated young daughter/son can’t find a job. They keep you guys hungry so they can always be there to feed you…so you will stay dependent.

  23. Anonymous
    August 26, 2013

    @ pablo.
    I wonder how much you really getting for supporting such ignorancy.We keep making so much sacrifices yet we still have to take big loans to resurface our roads!Aint that a shame!

  24. anonymous
    August 26, 2013

    nothing for wotten waven…

  25. Anthony P. Ismael
    August 26, 2013

    Mr. Minister, don’t forget the road from Point Michel to Soufriere and Copthall to Wotten Waven too.
    Soufriere, Scotts Head is your main dive area and Wotten Waven is one of your main tourist attractions.

  26. Doc. Love
    August 26, 2013

    Having read the twenty eight comments so far, it would appear that Dominica is falling apart. I am not a supporter of the DLP, as far as I am concerned Blackmore appears to the only one doing some serious work. I wish to recommend Blackmore as the next Political Leader of the DLP.

    • UDOHREADYET
      August 27, 2013

      the man is a minister, he’s just doing his job, which is what he’s supposed to do. don’t try to elevate the man beyond his capabilities.

    • Yam Babawoolais
      August 27, 2013

      Doc Love when reggie was minister of Communication and works he looked like the only one doing work. When Earl Williams was the mister of Communication and work he was deemed the hardest working minister; such was the case with Alleyne Carbon – you catch the drift.
      Put Mathew Walter in Communication and he will become a genniass; put Toulon, Kelvar or Justina in communication and works and they will become wizards.
      I rest my case – somebody prove me wrong

  27. Door man
    August 26, 2013

    A lot of promises and projects in the pipeline. Election is near and the current government seem to be running scared. Sounds like a cheating spouse with promises of better times to come if we stay. Lol.

  28. Anonymous
    August 26, 2013

    Minister Blackmore u are a hard working servant continue doing the good work that u are doing Dont get distracted by nay Sayers.I want bring one area to Ur attention it’s the area between Tete Morne and grand soufriere it’s an area where four wheel drive vehicles drove before,and like the Rosalie petite soufriere track I think it can be an important route for both communities.Please give it some consideration.

  29. Louianne
    August 26, 2013

    Mr Minister, What about the Depor/Campbell road? You better get going on it before you lose votes in that area. Don’t sit comfortable and think you are safe

  30. ZULU
    August 26, 2013

    Oh how election is around the corner. Why do Dominicans fall for this beats me. I hope all this money is going in the hands of local companies and not some. foreign entity

  31. met veye
    August 26, 2013

    and the goats in Bagatelle and Fond St. Jean?

    • eyeswideshut
      August 27, 2013

      LOL LOL LOL LOL :lol: This is just too funny to pass! WOYYYYYoooyyyyyyy.
      I hope Mr Blackmore among others are paying close attention to these comments because it appears like every where in Dominica NEEDS roads.

  32. Rain or shine
    August 26, 2013

    What’s with all that loan? Our children will suffer to pay them back ah. And can’t we have a government that can do for ourselves instead of always depending on some hand-outs from China, EU etc. This means that this government is not working.

  33. hard core dcan
    August 26, 2013

    what about the road and side walk in roseau the capital, where tourist working almost every day?

    • UDOHREADYET
      August 27, 2013

      I agree 1000% Roasea needs sidewalks bad bad bad… its the face of teh Island, its shamefull!

  34. KISAA
    August 26, 2013

    make sure you spend all the money on the project,ALL,
    we that paying the bills,remember dat..

  35. kkk
    August 26, 2013

    Soufriere/ Scott’s Head road not in it ATALL
    Is not today u all promise to deal with that road after the sea wall in Pointe Mitchel was completed and to this day nothing is even mentioned much less for done

    • John Paul
      August 26, 2013

      Who say they did not mention that ? Skeritt said all You too engwas because He spend how many million on the seawall and all You complaining of a few potholes

    • August 27, 2013

      Is not Soufriere and Scotts Head need attention is Soufriere to Pointe Michelle this road need serious attention our government always do stuff backward .
      We have number of visitors and tourist drives on this road every day.the government doesn’t mention anything about that road.

    • UDOHREADYET
      August 27, 2013

      you have to start from the top to work your way to the bottom. Scotts head is in the bottom of DA irony. No one ever starts a road project at the end of the road. that is the last place you will see road built, just accept it. UDOHREADYET!

  36. Asterix
    August 26, 2013

    Elections, elections, elections!!!

    • Neutral
      August 26, 2013

      True.
      To fool people.

      • UDOHREADYET
        August 27, 2013

        :?: to fool people by building roads?.. so the roads aren’t real? You mean is fake roads they building. SOT!

    • UDOHREADYET
      August 27, 2013

      To fool people by building roads… so the roads aren’t real? You mean is fake roads they building?

  37. UDOHREADYET
    August 26, 2013

    Good job… sounds like the government has a plan and the means. I hope that the roads they’re improving have a monetary return in that the villages they interconnect can establish businesses/industry/services whose goods/services can be transported inter-island and out of island safely, effectively, efficiently. Hopefully that will create meansand provide more jobs while growing the economy. Bless

  38. Jill
    August 26, 2013

    Castle

  39. wowo
    August 26, 2013

    The minister is sick in his head to say 60% of the road is in perfect condition. I think he needs his head examine. The roads in Dominica is in very poor condition.

    • .
      August 26, 2013

      He added the zero? I think so.

    • UDOHREADYET
      August 27, 2013

      compare the roads you have now to the roads you had 8.9 years ago… its never enough right? That’s the 60% this guy is talking about, there is a distinct improvement.

  40. CIA on the Waich
    August 26, 2013

    Is this Minister plagiarizing from the utterances of Regie Austrie talking Millions around election time insulting the intelligence of the Dominican People? Where were this ideas and plans from 2009 to present? Tom drunk Tom no fool Hon. Blackmoore

  41. lol
    August 26, 2013

    lolol… as well as the road linking the Chinese gov to the pockets of the ministers lol….

  42. Malgraysa
    August 26, 2013

    Never mind new road works, finish first were you are already behind!

  43. mee1
    August 26, 2013

    what happen to the point mitchell to Scottshead road. That road needs the most attention on the entire Island and it’s not even mentioned. Majority of visitors to the Island go down that way and that road in EXTREMLY bad.

  44. faceup
    August 26, 2013

    Labour must GO !

    • UDOHREADYET
      August 27, 2013

      yes they must go!… and win that election because I smelling plenty voluer that want to come into power for all the wrong reasons!

  45. Oh my!
    August 26, 2013

    I cya eat concrete… :-?

    • Juan Pablo
      August 26, 2013

      So take your money and buy bread…why would you try to eat concrete anyway?

      • _________________
        August 26, 2013

        @ Juan Pablo You cannot tell peoplehow to spend their money.Skerrit can tell you how to spend yours, because you are his slave, his doormat, his puppet his groveller.That’s what laziness has done to you. You were warned by your mother and father, and even friends, about being lazy. You never listened,now you must eat peoples sh–. You will eat his crumbs,everyday and you will be satisfied, because of laziness.
        People who are not lazy spend their money in the way that please them.

      • ()
        August 26, 2013

        @ Juan Pablo You are rude and out of place (Worse than Skerrit) to tell people what to do with their money! Man go To Hell, Go To Hell Go To Hell, according to Skerrit your God.Go Hide yourself in a toilet.

      • Citizen
        August 27, 2013

        Because soon there will be less bread to eat no focus on agriculture only road network and infrastructure so that’s next eat concrete not bread .
        You get it.

  46. John Jay
    August 26, 2013

    Christmas comes early for the minister and the government when the Pond Casse road going to take a year to complete again.

  47. Mamize
    August 26, 2013

    Mr. Blackmore, I have a few questions for you:

    1: Is it true that the areas where you are supposedly seeking to fix the roads are the areas that your recent pool showed you will lose?
    2: Since you are ” supposedly” ahead of your 2015 Projection, what is your revised projection for 2015 and 2020
    3:Mr. Blackmore you said that the Prime minister was able to secure $6.5 million from the EU, however the Prime minister said it was €6.9 million thats 6.9 million euros, who is correct you or the PM, please see link https://dominicanewsonline.com/news/homepage/news/economy-development/e6-9-million-for-east-coast-roads/
    4: Mr. Blackmore if it was a typo error on your part and you did mean 6.5 euro, where will the other 400,000. euro go to? (6.5 – 6.9 = 400,000.)
    5. Mr. Blackmore, the media reported that Dominica is seeking at least $50 million US dollars for these road works (http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Dominica-govt-seeking-US-50m-for-infrastructure-projects) yet you say it $140M, lets assume you ment $140M EC, that would be (140M divide by $2.7169 = $51.5M US. Who pocketing the $1.5M?
    6. Mr. Blackmore, its not only Lennox that is watching you closely, john doe the public is also watching you. We will use every word that comes out of your mouths to hold you by, so please speak the truth at all times.

    • Juan Pablo
      August 26, 2013

      You need to think before you write

      1: Is it true that the areas where you are supposedly seeking to fix the roads are the areas…Do you really think the DLP will lose in Cottage, Vieille Case ….Really…where is this guy hiding?

      Once you start with assinine questions like that, the rest of your story has lost credibility and I will not answer your nonsense. Plus you inserted Lennox in there so I know you are into some comdey show.

      • ????????????
        August 26, 2013

        @Juan Pablo Lennox seem to be a HUGE THORN IN YOUR FLESH. He is, in the flesh of greedy,coorrupt,lazy and incompetent leaders. He is also a thorn in the flesh of some of Skerrit’s yard fowls ,especially those who get lazy
        CHANGE IS NOT AN OPTION! IT’S AMUST!

      • Juan Pablo
        August 26, 2013

        @???????????? Lennox is a thorn in everybody side…imagine the man vex because I said hello to him

        Mind lennox don’t slap you for taking his side…he might think you think you know him

      • Mamize
        August 27, 2013

        @ Juan Pablo, No, I dont believe that the DLP will lose Cottage and vieille Case, however these will be the very few constituencies that they will win.

        If you dont want to believe it, change is coming, very soon too.

      • ?????????
        August 27, 2013

        @ Juan PabloOnce you are lazy, greedy,and groveling like you HE WILL BE A HUGE THORN IN YOUR FLESH. Hope you can sleep well. Reggie said Lennox is a headache for him, but he is a greater one for you it seems.
        HOW LONG? NOT LONG!

    • John Paul
      August 26, 2013

      Remind the Minister how late phase 2 is what He trying to say to fool us He ahead etc.Like Austrie ,Blackmore have Administrative issues.Peter st Jean more of the same Administrative issues.That has been the latest excuse to say I am not on top of my game or there is no money available in a timely fashion to get the job done.

    • UDOHREADYET
      August 27, 2013

      dude its not Blackmore that write the story its DNO. if you have an issue with the story contact DNO. the man did not sit on a computer and publish a story about improvement in DA. The roads we have today are better, remember what the roads were like 8, 9 years ago and look a them now. be honest with yourself and tell the devil whispering in your ear to go and blow his smoke up a soucouya! UDOHREADYET

  48. stupess
    August 26, 2013

    what about salisbury the roads for the garden so that farmers would be able to contribute more to the economy … these fidder roads should be priority

    • Juan Pablo
      August 26, 2013

      Does Hector knows what is going on? He looks very lost ….he really needs Earl now

    • John Paul
      August 27, 2013

      Let me remind You of a Famous quote by an Old speaker “Better Red than dead”

  49. Anonymous
    August 26, 2013

    penville to vielle case road?no wrk has yet to be done

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