Road improvement projects to span across Dominica

road workThe 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.

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23 Comments

  1. big
    September 18, 2013

    look story in DOMINCA they do tired full people :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:

  2. Da massive
    September 17, 2013

    Hopefully DNO will post this one. The roads from Portsmouth to Roseau was just fixed and if you guy don’t maintain it on a daily bases we will be back to square one. So much money was spent on the roads, why is it so difficult to have a team of people cutting the grass and the bushes that is covering the drains? Sometimes i wonder who goes around the country to see what needs fixing. Politics have made us so blind it’s not funny anymore.

  3. grell
    September 17, 2013

    am tired of this the dominica labour party,you guys need to stop this crap,work for all not for some its sickening.

  4. jokes
    September 17, 2013

    Do Roseau plz…n not the regular patchwork.. fully redone.

  5. KISAA
    September 17, 2013

    the chinese borrow us money to build roads,but just like the chinese they do not give us any warranty so we have to borrow money from the european…

  6. President
    September 17, 2013

    By 2020? wow election is 2015 so whats going to happen after election 2015 ? are things still going to be the same.

  7. Anthony P. Ismael
    September 16, 2013

    Copthall to Wotten Waven. What happened to that road? It was not mentioned.

  8. fair play
    September 16, 2013

    Mr. Blackmore we have heard all this before’ Still awaiting the completion of the Pond Casse Melville airport road.
    December 2012 did you say.????????

    • Mie
      September 18, 2013

      Please note that this is a very difficult road to construct because of the water logged condition of the soil in certain sections. I commend the Labour Party government for having the courage to take on such a difficult task.

  9. Anonymous
    September 16, 2013

    Interesting!

  10. WA
    September 16, 2013

    But election round de corner, what you expect???? Look it!

  11. Tro
    September 16, 2013

    Mr Minister right honourable. Rayburn Blackmoore with all due respect, the gross foolishness happening on Jalousie Road will not be forgiven or forgotten.
    Who is the Engineer for that project? That is a comess of major proportion. Is that what you call a retains wall. Stop being scandalous with Dominican taxpayers money.If you doing something do it with excellence and pride, because they say beggars can’t be choosers this is being done in the name of road rehabilitation?
    Do the right thing in CB because we are watching.

    • Anonymous
      September 16, 2013

      Been waiting.. what ? 2 or 3 years for Jalousie road repair??
      It is so bad.

  12. Lang Mama
    September 16, 2013

    Madame discard as an independent parliamentarian I beg to propse a general election ever two years.

  13. Case Gorie
    September 16, 2013

    You hear Lies. This DLP government will be DISCARDED next elections

  14. Deauditor
    September 16, 2013

    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. He noted that Government is in the process of finalizing arrangements with the European Union to proceed with the implementation of the sections identified for financing. I am not as bright as Blackmoore or Skerrit so I am asking for some clarification about the European countries Skerrit called re-colonizers….. is that the same source they are seeking funds to repair our roads.
    As usual, just my 2 cents.

  15. Dominica needs chang
    September 16, 2013

    WELL WELL WELL…. ROAD BUILDING AND ROAD REHABILITATION IS THE FUNCTION OF ANY GOVERNMENT IN POWER I EH WANT TO EVEN HEAR ABOUT THAT NOW… WE NEED SUSTAINABLE GROWTH IN THIS COUNTRY FOR THIS TO TAKE PLACE CORRUPTION MUST BE BLOTTED OUT.. THERE IS A MINISTRY WITHIN A MINISTRY MR BLACK MORE ALL YOU MAKING TO MUCH MONEY ON DOMINICANS WE TIRED ..

  16. Anonymous
    September 16, 2013

    on there way out, in your dreams

  17. PoKeSa
    September 16, 2013

    Why no mention about the:

    * Point Mitchel to Soufriere Road
    * Soufriere to Gallion Road

  18. Rastafari
    September 16, 2013

    Blah, Blah, Blah!

  19. Faceup
    September 16, 2013

    Three terms it takes and roads still not done. Brain washing to the illiterate supporters of the Labour Party when elections are around the corner. WICKEDNESS AND CORRUPTION IS THE MAKE UP OF THE DOMINICA LABOUR PARTY. LABOUR MUST GO !

  20. September 16, 2013

    They Working.

  21. Langyo
    September 16, 2013

    Election is at the door, Labor Party is on it’s way out, road re-construction to begin. You see what I mean? More of the same.

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