Road rehabilitation for Vielle Case and Penville

road workThe Ministry of Public Works on Thursday July 11, 2013 signed a $4.9 million dollar contract with the Public Works Corporation (PWC) at the Penville Government School for rehabilitation works on the Penville to Vielle Case road.

The project which is expected to begin next week, became necessary following significant wear and tear on the Penville road.

Chief Technical Officer in the Public works Ministry Kendell Johnson in presenting an overview of the project, said the works will involve concrete drainage and retaining walls.

“The distance of the project is about 7.7 kilometers, and provision will be made for both asphalted concrete overlay and rigged pavement construction in the more troubled sections. The project will also see retaining walls, drainage and other provisions,” Johnson explained.

The road project will be supervised by the Public Works Corporation and will provide employment to twenty- three sub contractors from the community.

Deputy Chairman of the Public Works Corporation Richard Didier has guaranteed that the road project will be executed with the highest standards.

“The objective of the Public Works is to ensure that the work is really done with the highest quality. I can give the assurance that every effort will be made to ensure that this work is really done to the best of our ability and even to surpass work previously done on other local projects,” Didier confirmed.

Public Works Minister Hon. Rayburn Blackmoore also gave assurances that the road will be built with the highest integrity. He noted that the rehabilitated road will be outfitted with guard rails and road markings.

“We are going to ensure that the road that you get will be of the highest standard and will be second to none in Dominica. Those of you who traverse the West Coast road at night will realize that we have installed a number of safety measures on that road including reflectors, guard rails and proper markings. We are going to ensure also that we install 640 meters of guard rails on the Penville road, identical to what obtains on the West Coast road,” explained Minister Blackmoore.

The Penville road project will compliment the ongoing Penville water supply project which has experienced some delay due to faulty pipes.

Minister responsible for water management, Reginald Austrie,  assured residents of Penville that the rehabilitated Penville road and Penville water project will be done simultaneously.

“Government has since purchased new pipes which will replace the old pipes on the Penville road,” remarked Austrie.

Public works Minister Rayburn Blackmoore added that the engagement of twenty- three local sub contractors will create much needed employment for residents of the Penville community.

“We know that we are going to require at least twenty-three sub contractors from the Penville area, and the expectation is that those sub contractors will hire local employees. If each sub contractor hires a mimimum of ten persons, think about what this is going to do for the local economy in Penville,” Minister Blackmoore noted.

Prime Minister and Parliamentary Representative for the Vieille Case constituency, Roosevelt Skerrit, said the road project in Penville is very important and his Government will make no apologies for investing such a significant sum of money in restoring that road.

The Prime minister thanked residents for their patience and endurance and assured them that his administration is committed to looking after their needs.

“I give you the assurance my dear friends that as long as I am the member of Parliament and the Prime Minister of Dominica, we shall do what we have to do for the people of Penville.  Don’t let anyone tell you that this money should have been spent elsewhere. You deserve every single cent of that $4.9 million being spent on your road,” cited PM Skerrit.

The Prime Minister said he will spear no effort in ensuring that the road is built with the highest international standards.

“I am excited about this project and I want the best road to be built. I will be the supervisor in addition to the supervisors assigned to this road and if I am not satisfied with the quality of the road I shall say so publicly” warned PM Skerrit.

The Prime Minister envisions the standards of the new Penville road as being a replica of the West Coast road.

“I want here to be like the West Coast road, nice surface, neat work, we need to take our time to do this road,” PM Skerrit cautioned.

The Penville to Vieille Case road rehabilitation project is expected to be completed in six months.

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  1. October 27, 2013

    we have suffered for months, years decades and ages for this road, you have come to bring this to fruition may God bless you and keep you. standing strong with you SKE bee not afraid. once we get the road we cool

  2. October 27, 2013

    go pm go thanks for the offer we tired suffer

  3. emille augustine
    August 30, 2013

    emille augustine former bus driver 70s to 87s so i know about the roads i used to drivre the prime minister to school when he was a young child very responsibile young man he makes me want to come back to live in dominica and drive a bus again i am so proud of skerit he is my hero i belive in you man keep up the good works good luck i was in dominica in july for two weeks i did not see you but i had a wonderfull time me and my wife see you guys soon hello eunadine evans elson glenda murium chedy havey philsbert all my brothers and sisters nices familys and frends i love you guys big up ma men javine my child emerly i love you whats up rossy and chico and james vieille case thibaud penville amba the wole of dominica

    July 13, 2013

    I hope is not fast company and cornelius Brumant or Chris Walter dat in charge, they already eat all d bridge money. Crooks

  5. goldie
    July 13, 2013

    Go Skerrit Penville and Vielle case really needs it

  6. Enuff
    July 13, 2013

    The only seat labour goin win is Vielle case.

  7. PoKeSa
    July 13, 2013

    Mr Blackmore, have you seen the state of the Soufriere to Point Mitchel and Soufriere to Gallion roads. You have your (North) eye opened and your (South) eye closed. Where’s the equal dileverance of capital projects in D/ca to the betterment of all?

  8. Anthony P. Ismael
    July 12, 2013

    Don’t forget the road from Copthall to Wotten Waven. It’s been bad for years. That bridge entering Wotten Waven is a death trap. Realign it, add guard rails and lighting too.
    Thank you.

  9. Tired In Amba
    July 12, 2013

    I want everywhere in Dominica to have good road for it’s people but I pray this is not a ploy to fatten Chris pocket like the water project. Amba/Penville have water issues since they gave his company the contract to make our water issue go away. The project in nothing short of a disaster. Chris and Fast company is two of the PM biggest problems and that’s going to be his down fall.

  10. PM
    July 12, 2013


  11. fil
    July 12, 2013

    Why can’t they continue from Gomier to Thibaud. The story was after the highway to Vieille Case was done, than Gomier to Thidaud all of a sudden is another story.

  12. possie concerned
    July 12, 2013

    continue to abandon the needs of the people of Portsmouth, we are the second town and we get the less acknowledgement, but we want it to be known that we are fed up, and we are no longer just going to accept the little nonsense you does give us to shot up. Portsmouth needs some serious attention and we will demonstrate if we have to. so long the Benjamins park was supposed to be lite, where are the lights. WE WILL NO LONGER BE FOOLED! WE ARE FED UP.

  13. RDPS
    July 12, 2013

    Hon Ian Douglas and by extension the PM what are you doing about the Chance road? the chance road is in a delapidated condition and needs urgent attention.

  14. "O" STRESS"
    July 12, 2013

    What happened to the Grand Fond Road? and the Rosalie to Soufriere Road? O I heard MR Austrie said that Venezuela had given that money to build the Grand Fond Road, what happened to that money? I guess the Dog ate it: Election is coming we waiting for the politrickcian. Fool us once shame on us. Fool us twice shame on them.

  15. Hmmmmmmm
    July 12, 2013

    Well well, this article says ‘The Ministry of Public Works on Thursday July 11, 2013 signed a $4.9 million dollar contract with the Public Works Corporation (PWC)’. Hmmmmm! I remember the days when the Public Works Department was under the Ministry of Communications and Works and they worked for the government and people of Dominica. I wonder now WHO OWN THE PWC (which I guess has replaced the PWD)????? Hmmmmmm. Do we really know who owns this entity??? If it were government owned, I would not see a need for the Ministry responsible to be signing a contract with them to get the work done. So, WHO ULTIMATELY IS BENEFITING FROM THIS PROJECT?? Is it owned by the Chinese? Is it owned by the Labour Party?? Is it owned by their supporters or maybe even by government ministers?? Is this part of the cow which provides the milk, honey and cheese?? Hmmmmmmmm, ask the questions people!!!!!

    “I am excited about this project and I want the best road to be built. I will be the supervisor in addition to the supervisors assigned to this road and if I am not satisfied with the quality of the road I shall say so publicly” warned PM Skerrit. Here we go again!!!!!!! “…..we need to take our time to do this road,” PM Skerrit cautioned. Once again Skeritt takes all the credit!!!! When money is found from wherever, they are all singing the same tune….. ‘Mr. Skeritt is such a great negotiator! He goes all over the world and comes back with money for Dominica’. They speak as if he is the only one in government capable of achieving anything and they must all bow at his feet. But when they mess up negotiations such as that of the Pond Casse Road project, they don’t even mention negotiations as it will reflect badly on him! Hmmmmmmmmm

  16. Nature Spice
    July 12, 2013

    PM What about the Blenheim to Gomier Road? Isn’t it in a bad condition and it should be like the West Coast Road.

    You are just taking care of one section of your constituency. Even thought most of the Thibaud people did not vote for you in the last election, they are still part of the constituency and deserve goods road too.

  17. possie
    July 12, 2013

    well election coming. he realize penville people marking him..he foolling ian wat u giving us? zicack an channce doh have roads..

  18. amba strong
    July 12, 2013

    Awa awa awa!!! It can mever be grown people making these comments!! Hon Roosevelt skerrit is the prime minister of dominica and the pal rep of vieille case,thibaub and penville!! Every constituency have a pal rep n every palrep has to fight for the constituency!! So what happen the man giving his constituency a lil road boujaiiii!!! Dominicans want too much and nothing doesn’t satisfy them!!! Rome wasn’t built in one day! For god sake be greatful fr the lil that is being done

  19. Rando
    July 12, 2013

    Every road repaired or bridge built is needed and when any government repair the roads or build a school am I suppose to say thanks or congratulations? What I will say is ” good for the people who utilize this route ”

    I have to wonder how the heck this government operates though. No money to pay truckers for a project that is very important to the entire country and the project is now in limbo. Our major feeder roads needs attention to restore the agriculture industry our hospital need medicine and equipment. All of a sudden $4.9 million is readily available to resurface the Pennville to Viellecase road. But the people of Pennville and viellecase need the road improvement and so is the people of Capuchine and cottage, Guillet and Savan Paille, the people of Morne Prospere, Roseau South, Marigot.

  20. Anonymous
    July 12, 2013

    “We will give the road Reflectors and Guard Rails”LMFAO

  21. fair play
    July 12, 2013

    Who will be the contractor for this top quality road and what is the time frame
    Mr. Blackmore makes some silly remarks regarding the construction of a road .ie.drains and life span ect.

    • Anonymous
      July 12, 2013

      a boy from the community with no knowledge of construction. all he has is equipment’s.

      • Shameless
        July 12, 2013

        Jobs for family and friends in the constituency….

        Assertive, NOT Agressive!

    • education staff
      July 12, 2013

      yoland jno jules..chris nsnthan and fast company

  22. July 12, 2013

    The upper Salisbury road was the village’s lifeline,Now it’s almost impossible to go upthere
    I think he is just trying to secure his seat,I wounder if people will fall for that, when it’s so clare :-D

  23. hmmm
    July 12, 2013

    oh shut up. you just cya please black ppl. if it was edison james those ppl will say is only marigot. one step at a time. allu acting as if everything can be done at one time in one breath… chupes…

    • July 12, 2013

      Asked yourself why now, after 15 YEARS IN POWER,
      All of a sudden, they got Money to start Projects all over the place, HE IS GIVING YOU AND PLENTY DOMINICANS A 6 AND TELLING YOU IT’S A 9 :)

  24. July 12, 2013

    FINALLY, Roosevelt is thinking of his own Village, Vieille Case. ‘Twas about time that these roads bring safety to the residents. I hope, that while you are at it, you condemn the BALTHAZAR BRIDGE and build a NEW one, or at least ENLARGE that death trap of a bridge, including but not limited to RAILS for secure protection.

    Next step Roosie, the POST OFFICE and the HEALTH CENTER needs a FACE LIFT. Suggestion, RENOVATE the POST OFFICE and RE-OCCUPY same, which will leave more space to better care for patients in the HEALTH CENTER. I think EVERY ROOM in that Health Center should remain part of the Health Center.

    Yes, we definitely need BETTER ROADS, a SAFER BRIDGE, and DO NOT forget BETTER LIGHTING. The LIGHTING is VERY POOR especially in certain locations. There is NO LIGHT where LIGHT is MOST needed.

    WAKE UP Roosevelt and Rayburn bring Dominica back to reflect its NATURAL BEAUTY. This is 2013/2014, LET US GET TO WORK. By-the-way, hopefully this project will certainly employ most of the unemployed IN THE VILLAGE of VIEILLE CASE and PENVILLE.

  25. no love
    July 12, 2013

    and the road to eggleston and giraudel, and the road form pt michel to scotts head,and the road from grand bay to pt soufriere,and the road from pondcasse to castle bruce, and the road all through the carib territory..skerrit boi..God bless you. cuz is veille case u still country, and your thinking will never change…

  26. big
    July 12, 2013

    they road in stock-farm need to fix to all u just patching it stupes a good time na is not one road that have to fix

    • July 12, 2013

      ALL of the roads in Dominica need repair.

  27. big
    July 12, 2013

    now all you want to do project on they road

  28. Yes
    July 12, 2013

    Really? 13 years later?

  29. Amba Massive
    July 12, 2013

    PM the road is a good idea but can you please have someone investigate the water issues in Amba and lower Penville. These been going on since the company that everyone scared to approach enhance our water issues. Pm just incase you are not aware this have been nothing but a nightmare. I am tired of walking to the river and getting a water bill every month. We go weeks with no water

    • July 12, 2013

      That’s unaceptable, weeks without water in Dominica?? :-D

      • Closer
        July 13, 2013

        DK, can you imagine someone purchases conduit to lay as pipelines from a water company? I can say that much.

    • Closer
      July 13, 2013

      Stop being hypocrite about that waster issue, the Parl Rep as well as DOWASCO know very well what is going on with the water, if it was someone else who had done the water project he would have to answer the questions and would be made to pay. One way or another somebody will pay the price and dearly too.

  30. wow
    July 12, 2013

    kudos… Thank You PM….Lets take it one step at a time…We will get there….

    July 12, 2013

    Big project boy young people embrace it

  32. Viellecase
    July 12, 2013

    That is lie you hear lie. The roads went bad under the Labor Party administration. The Penville to Viellecase Road had been upgraded by the Freedom Party- check the records. The Blenhim to Viellecase Road had also been reaired and resurfaced by the Freedom Party.

    • me
      July 13, 2013

      Freedom party did nothing for Vieille Case.William was a moo moo and Ms. Charles did not like Maynard

  33. Shameless
    July 12, 2013

    Hmmmmmm…I wonder what the good people of Pte. Soufriere is thinking now that they are still waiting on “certain” roads that were promised to them right before the last elections. What about the good folks on the east coat that uses the road from C/Bruce junction in Pond Casse area all the way through Tee Savanne and onto Grand Bay?

    I guess so constituencies are more blessed than others because everytime elections are around the corner the same ones get roads that are “TOP QUALITY” while others sit by and wonder when will the wealth be spread equally among all Dominicans and to a broader extent every constituency. Way to go Vielle Casse, I see you are holding your parlrep to his promises. Hopefully the rest of the constituencies will grow “some ???” and do the same. My eyes are on ya……

    Assertive, NOT Agressive!

    • octo
      July 12, 2013

      Hello! Is not there a project in the making to rehabilitate the roads on the east coast from Stowe to Hatten Garden? Remember the money from the Chinese?
      Rome was not built in a day neither will Dominica.

    • Hmmmmmmm
      July 12, 2013

      Garcon SHAMELESS, you did not hear the PM man???? Garcon, don’t cry!! Don’t be jealous of your fellow Dominicans!! Garcon put your hands between your legs and pray!! Garcon, WAIT YOUR TURN…….IT WILL COME ONE DAY!!!! Wow……REMEMBER, PEOPLE GET THE GOVERNMENT WHICH THEY PERMIT!!!!! yEs i……EVERYTING IS UPSIDE DOWN AND BACK TO FRONT!!!

  34. possie concerned
    July 12, 2013

    is Portsmouth alone that cannot get nothing and when they finish is just blame it on the parl rep. OMG:(

    • vieille case man
      July 12, 2013

      all you in possie to malpwop… all you just our potato garden… to guarantee our election to office. that is all you all worth…lol :lol: :lol: :lol:

  35. me na
    July 12, 2013

    So thaks be to God for our maturity…..D only constituency that dis not demonstrate…..(our PM’s words!!! smh……smh…smh….open up our eyes…election is tomorrow!!! wisest PM ever!!!! :twisted:

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