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.