The people of Pointe Michel should see completion of the sea defense wall project before the end of the first quarter of next year.
After visiting the site Friday afternoon, Minister for Public Works Rayburn Blackmoore has disclosed that March 12 is the date set. The project, worth $22-million, includes road development and construction of 720 metres of wall in the first instance. 412 metres of wall should be completed by the end of December.
“In terms of the casting for the footing of the wall we have seen the completion of 514 metres of that component which is very significant the average height of the wall is three to five metres,” Blackmoore stated.
A request for an extension of deadline for the project had been denied earlier this year; but, workers later made “remarkable” progress, from being months behind to one and a half weeks behind, Blackmore revealed at a site visit in September.
More than 100 Dominicans have been employed on the project, 22 of them are from Pointe Michel, according to the minister for public works.
The project will include sidewalks, parking, and provision will be made for commercial activity. The idea is to maintain the tradition of Pointe Michel “to have restaurants in that part of the village.”Blackmoore has said.
Barbados based contracting firm C.O Williams is the main contractor for the project. Dominican company ACE Engineering is the sub-contractor.