The Roosevelt Skerrit Administration says it continues to pursue its road improvement plans to bring the island’s road network to excellent condition by the year 2020.
Public works Minister, Rayburn Blackmoore, in an interview with the Government Information Service last Friday said that by the end of October 2013, the Government would have realized a 61 percent improvement to the island’s main roads.
“The Dominica Labor Party administration is the only party and Government that has been able to articulate a plan for our road network in this country. First of all we had undertaken an audit, and that audit speaks to 320 kilometers of main road and we articulated a plan as to how we were going to get our main roads in perfect condition. There was a time horizon that we established, that is to say by 2020 our main roads will be based on our plans to have the island’s roads 100 percent or excellent condition. We went on to say, that by 2015, we would have attained 60 percent excellence in terms of our main roads. I am pleased to say that by the end of October 2013, we would have exceeded that expectation to the point where we will be at the minimum 61 percent,” Blackmoore stated.
Minister Blackmoore noted further that a number of road maintenance projects are currently underway with multiple new projects to receive attention shortly.
“As we speak, we are now starting rehabilitative work in Cottage, Penville, Vieille Case, and there are a number of other urban roads that we are doing now namely in Laudat, Calibishie, Pointe Baptiste, the Jalousie road in Castle Bruce, and work to the Jimmit road just to name a few. We also recognize that we have to continue to maintain roads across the length and breadth of the country. We have a situation whereby we have pockets of areas with bad roads. As we speak for example, in Petite Savanne, we are doing some work there, the Delices road is another area where we have to give attention to,” revealed the Minister.
The Public Works Minister disclosed that a grant facility from the European Union will assist Government in repairing roads needing urgent attention in various parts of the island.
“We have spoken about a comprehensive plan for the road network that is to say from Bois Jab going back to the White River and that is actually in our budget for this year. We have been able to establish contact and gotten an arrangement by way of a grant facility from the European Union to address that road network. A number of important interventions are going to be undertaken in that regard, for example the White River Bridge, the Boetica crossing, the Rosalie road among others.”
The Minister said Government is cognizant of the rehabilitation works that are required on the Eastern part of the country.
“We are now looking at Pond Case going all the way back into Castle Bruce, into Petite Soufriere, into the Carib Reserve, into Hatton Garden and that is the approach that we are taking” said Minister Blackmoore.
He noted that Government in the process of finalizing arrangements with the European Union to proceed with the implementation of the sections identified for financing.
Actual physical work is expected to start towards the last quarter of this financial year.