Pointe Michel Sea Wall Project behind schedule; Blackmoore confident it will be completed on time

Construction in progress

While the project to erect a sea defense wall at Pointe Michel is two months behind schedule, as reported by Minister of Public Works Rayburn Blackmoore, he still believes that the project will finish on time.

The minister, who was speaking at a site visit to the $32–million project, this morning, said he has urged the contractors for the project to pick up the pace, denying their request for an extension of the time allotted for the project.

He said, “The project should come to an end in March of next year and I just had a meeting with the consultant and the contractor to impress on them the need to double their efforts, with the expressed purpose of getting the project back on course for the expected completion date. As I speak, the project is about two months behind schedule.”

Blackmoore added, “I have been assured that by next week, they will be pouring an average of six meters of wall per day for the stem of the wall. I hope that as time progresses we will see a greater degree of diligence from the contracting firm and they have given us the assurance that that will happen.”

The project is expected to be a wall 750 meters in length and a significantly improved road that is expected to include car parks, sidewalks and steps to the seashore and a 120X30 meter commercial area that is intended to raise the overall aesthetics of the community as well as its potential for commerce.

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10 Comments

  1. Bfree
    July 16, 2011

    Pointe Michel Sea Wall Project behind schedule; Blackmoore confident it will be completed on time

    What is this for a headline story? Operative words: “behind schedule” and “on time” Can anyone say OXYMORON?

  2. Laborite
    July 16, 2011

    The comments of Blackmore on refusing the Contractor additional time are inappropriate. In every construction contract provisions are made for extension of time and any request in that regard must be treated within the principles of confidentiality.
    Blackmore’s conduct is unethical and his technical advisers better advise him on what he says in public. In fact the decision to extend the duration of the project is not within his authority, unless the Contractors sign a piece of crap of a contract.
    But I guess Blackmore has to show off and in the process try to embarrass the Contractors.

    • Boundaries
      July 17, 2011

      unless you have some idea of the details of the contract i suggest you leave well enough alone. every contract is different and specific to the task unless if the contractor signs a piece of crap.
      this has nothing to do with embarrassing anyone. we want clarity and transparency from our government. well, here it is. give us more.

      • Laborite
        July 17, 2011

        This is a Caribbean Development Bank funded project and Blackmore has no authority over the administration of the Contract.
        Not every Dominican is a JACKASS! Put that in your pipe and smoke it.
        Blackmore is better advised to deliver the Roseau Valley road for which he has presented this same type of Grandstanding yet the project is 2 years behind schedule.
        You remember last year he said the project must be completed by July 2010, well potholes are already appearing and project yet to be completed.
        Blackmore’s incompetence is veiled with his arrogance.

  3. Anthony P. Ismael
    July 15, 2011

    The next contract should concentrate on the Souferiere road. This is one of the major dive sites on the island. That road has to be improved.
    However, I have to give this present administration the thumbs up for finally recognizing that the island will not move forward without good roads. i don’t think this much effort has been placed on the island’s infrastructure since the 1950s. Can’t wait to see what the roads look like when I visit next year. Keep up the good work.

  4. Anthony P. Ismael
    July 15, 2011

    That commercial area should have been constructed on the Eastern side about one mile from where this photo was taken. That area in question is nothing but rock that could be blasted away. I’m not sure why there’s such an obsession with erecting everything near or on the sea? I have no idea.

  5. DA 2 DE BONE
    July 15, 2011

    WORK WE WORKING

  6. Anonymous
    July 15, 2011

    good job skerro i a born pointe michelian

  7. .
    July 15, 2011

    it will finish on time for what?

    • FED UP DOMINICAN
      July 16, 2011

      For you to drive on safely, and the home owners not to worry everytime the sea is rough.

      Why not be positive?

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