Rosalie/Petite Soufriere link road moving along satisfactorily – Drigo

The link road under construction
The link road under construction

Work on a road linking Rosalie to Petite Soufriere is moving along satisfactorily, according to Castle Bruce MP, Johnson Drigo.

The $20-million road project is expected to transform the livelihood of the coast villages upon completion and Drigo said that he is satisfied with the progress despite ‘weather delays’ and other problems.

“Presently we have been encountering rocks before we even meet the main ‘Wash-Mark’ (a large rock located along the path of the road) and the Venezuelan contractors are equal to the task,” he told DNO.

Drigo revealed that one of the main setbacks to the project is heavy rains. “So weather is one of the biggest delays,” he said.

He said that the community is also “very satisfied with the progress” and noted that paving works are scheduled to begin within the next few weeks.

The Castle Bruce MP stated that locals will be employed soon “in that process of culverting, drainage and concrete pavement where applicable”.

In March, the Venezuelan government approved US $2.5-million for the completion of the project.

Construction covers 4.16 kilometers of road and when complete is expected to be a two-lane road with concrete drains, proper drainage structures and guard rails for protective measures.

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49 Comments

  1. dominican
    December 9, 2013

    20 million? why? when am trying to get my education paid at DSC> why not educate the people give those who need better home and cars frist. better the lives of the people first. increase the minium wage of the private companies so we could feed our children. do you all even think of the people of the country? oh build a rehab center! shocks so much important thing to do with 20 million than to build a one way rod to nowhere.then think of this forbidden track that no one uses. repair the roads that are broken frist. Lord where are u all brain? :oops: frustrated.

  2. Rastar-Marn
    November 20, 2013

    Somebody tell Marn how come d Dominican Administrative Council found 20 million Dollars to give this Venezuelan Contractor but cannot find money to revitalize Dominica’s Public Works Department???

    At list when the job is done Public Works Department will be able to keep all the equipment utilized for the construction, for maintenance and upkeep of the roadway,,,

    It would be cheaper to have Dominicans do these projects wi Garçon wiff all dem engineers and geologist Dominica have coming coming back from studies, why can’t these dudes start thinking straight and start keeping the money on island nuh,,,

  3. MIND OF MY OWN
    November 20, 2013

    I am a frequent user of the Castle Bruce to Petite Soufriere road and it is great frustration I write this post.
    Anyone who uses this road would never want to drive his vehicle in there again. That road has been in a deplorable state for a very long time now. I am very puzzled as to why so much effort is being placed on a back road to Rosalie when everything that communities from Petite Soufriere to Dix Pas need they must travel the road to Castle Bruce. When I say everything I mean everything. Secondary school, Main health centre, police station, credit union, agriculture extension office largest playing field, constituency office. And it is so shameful when all the Parl rep can say is my vehicle passing in it too. And all these blasted labourites still wait for you to give them a free ride to their villages in that kind of road but they won’t put a bit of pressure on the same man that they voted for. And when a chauffeur decides he not picking up people to drive these kinds of roads them REDS want to be more booway than you. These people are sooo sick. To be even defending Jono right now SMH :evil: :evil: :evil: :evil: :evil: :evil: :evil: :evil: :evil:

  4. Discombobulated
    November 20, 2013

    I hope that they are not building yet another road in Dominica that is only two inches wide. I really do not get the, keep the current roads small, and make the new ones smaller mentality. If you’re building a new road, please make it a 21st century road and not something my 30cm ruler can measure.

  5. "O" STRESS"
    November 19, 2013

    Go Dry GO! Go DRY GO! Is your turn now give it your best short our new minister of Public Works????? Dry GO for fresh promises.HAAAAAAAAAAA!!!!!

  6. John Paul
    November 19, 2013

    Drigo said that he is satisfied with the progress despite ‘weather delays’ and other problems.

    When is progress not satisfactory dispite weather delays and other unmentioned problems? How many years have to pass before You say “Unsatisfactory”?
    Weh Weh Weh! las menh tea ba nous!

    • John Paul
      November 19, 2013

      Blles road more than a year late and it
      satisfactory too

      • John Paul
        November 19, 2013

        The Slaughterhouse in Layou. when is that road going to be fixed? How are Poultry,pig and other meat producers going to get their products to that multi million dollar operation to be ?This project is in competition with Mr. Skeritt’s Pit Latrine eradication project!
        Our PM is acting on Whim and Fancies.He goes to bed has a dream and wakes up spewing it out His mouth.Very much in the same way His Father Chavez surprised Him with the donation of a Coffee plant.He is behaving very much like His friend Qaddafi,downright scary .

      • Anthony P. Ismael
        November 19, 2013

        Garcon, Wotten Waven road has been promised for years now and they have not begun work on it. Roseau dirty with irregular garbage collection by the “City Council” and that satisfactory too.

  7. CIVIL SERVANT
    November 19, 2013

    springfield road has been sinking for quiet a few years now and we all know that it will end up in the massacre river.
    the most feasible solution is to surface the despor to cambell road which was constructed and never finished by the UWP or reconstruct the river lacoire to sibouli road.
    warner road cannot take to much pressure cause it is sinking when the rainy season comes, layou is out of it…fini bat
    yet our vision is to construct a road which will not much have traffic compared to the springfield road leading to the city..

    that is a vissionary government..

    • forreal
      November 20, 2013

      civil servant that is ignorance,the man is doing,what he is suppose to be doing for his constituency.

  8. ?????????
    November 19, 2013

    Satisfactorily??? Is this man serious??? since 2005 elections i eemember that road building… up till now it doe close to finishing… yet still he coming saying it going satisfactorily????

  9. bigsexy
    November 19, 2013

    EBEH. DRIGO pas febe.

  10. DRASTIC
    November 19, 2013

    So right, it’s years since these pocketicians have been talking about this road. FOOLING the people is indeed their business

  11. Neg Mawon
    November 19, 2013

    mi bowdel!!!

  12. Anonymous
    November 19, 2013

    hope there will be sidewalks!!!

  13. La voix
    November 19, 2013

    So when are we going to read about the Grand Fond/Laudat access road that would provide improvement in our infrastructure???? Need to hear something positive.

    • Africo
      November 20, 2013

      When you have a chance take a little walk behind Freshwater Lake and look down to Grand Fond. You see that falaise there with the footpath winding back and forth with all the little landslides? You really believe a wide road fit for heavy traffic can cut there? And you haven’t even check the soft clay soil yet. So many engineers look at that already and say its suicide. Unless we want to throw more money away.

  14. STUDENT
    November 19, 2013

    The Venezuelan government is going to commit $2.5million to the completion of this project? The same Venezuelan government that could not buy toilet paper, rice, flour and pasta for its citizens a few months ago. Is it the same Venezuelan government which made the 18 desperate demands on the government of Dominica to pay the millions which are owed to them re the Petro Caribe Oil deal. The fact is, the Chavez/ Madero economic development model is a total failure. This model of high subsidies is crumbling under the unsustainable weight of wastage, misdirected resources and nepotism. Venezuela is now experiencing about 54% inflation and imports about 70% of its goods. This is an oil rich country which has squandered its resources by propping up conspicuously bad governments like the Skerrit led labour party government. The prediction is, if Venezuela continues along its present path, it will become the next South Korea.

    • STUDENT
      November 19, 2013

      It will become the next NORTH Korea

    • Malgraysa
      November 20, 2013

      Venezuela not going to commit to anything till we pay our fuel bill….in U.S.$.
      Why you think Roosevelt Skerrit dashed to China if not to plead for money to cover our current bills? Right now the E.U. has to help us out in this dept.
      So much for independence.

      • forreal
        November 20, 2013

        so who is paying for the work being done prently,why you do not change your stage name to mal’ah;tete

  15. Fed up
    November 19, 2013

    Work going on satisfactorily? Oh please Jono. Mrs. Bannis- Roberts used that road as part of her campaign in 2005, u did the same in 2009 and u still talking such crap? I am from your constituency and we all know that this road should have been completed laneh canal. But i can guarantee you Mr. Drigo that you all will stop playing politics with we Dominicans. Fyi, stop putting tarish in the roads from kalis to Petite soufriere, get some asphalt atleast. Even though your days as Parl. Rep. will not be much longer, do the best u can with the few years you have left instead of trying to fool those Dominicans with your lies.

  16. Plan Dominque
    November 19, 2013

    Johnson Drigo and his labour incompetentos must stop taking the people of Petite Soufriere and those of Fond Blay in particular for a ride. Queen Loreen the former parlrep promissed to build that road. It is almost four years since this Parlrep said it would be completed soon and the people are still waiting. $20,000,0000.00 to build just over two miles of road? Yet none of the villagers are employed. Where is all that money going? Under the table or over my head? The people of the Castle Bruce constituency will vote labour out with or without completion of the road. We had enough of labour incompetence.

    • November 19, 2013

      Drigo u there to stay let the empty vessels make noise

  17. Observer
    November 19, 2013

    Good link road

  18. south east voice
    November 19, 2013

    we have been hearing that story for almost a decade now,,please dont blame it on the weather,,God will punish you all..years now all we have been seeing is three weeks of work and everything dies out until election is around the corner,,We shall not be fulled again,,

    • November 19, 2013

      That has been there always their plan to do nothing and then to wait when elections is around the corner to do come and fool the people. They wait when elections nearby to do as though they are waiting and when elections is done, that is it. They take care of themselves and their party friends and care nothing about the people of Dominica. They have kidnapped the party to become millionaires and want another term to make sure that they cannot be investigated. People of this constituency and Dominica on a whole, don’t be fooled. Vote them out. Dominica is not their inheritance. Give someone else a chance. Fifteen years of corruption is enough.

    • November 19, 2013

      go fight god na one side lighter

  19. hey....
    November 19, 2013

    Hurry Up! I have to go to San Sauver soon and i want to pass on this road, it will make may travelling from the southeast so much easier and faster

  20. yout man
    November 19, 2013

    stop liein na..rain is d project biggest set back??? but i frm d area d last time money was d issues now is rain,,wtf smh
    :( :(

    • Malgrays
      November 19, 2013

      Of course is money. First $12 million from the EU.That was $4.65 million per mile alone. Then more from Venezuela and the road still not finished. You think Venezuela will give us more, when we have not paid our fuel bill yet? Malgraysa.

  21. Anonymous
    November 19, 2013

    How long has this project been going on?

    • Malatete
      November 19, 2013

      In excess of five years now (…for a 2.58 mile road)!

    • Cactus
      November 19, 2013

      Almost 20 years

  22. Thor
    November 19, 2013

    Yippie another road!

  23. Anonymous
    November 19, 2013

    Well done it is good to see progress. We need roads to reach the people and to promote DA

    • Malgraysa
      November 19, 2013

      A palud making more progress than that.

  24. Dia
    November 19, 2013

    Beware of communists bearing gifts…

  25. Just sayin'
    November 19, 2013

    How can the progress be “satifacory”? What’s it been, about 5 years to go 1 1/2 miles? At election time they brought a huge machine to carry the promises, then it got covered with vines and the forest. Must be new elections around the corner with new promises.

    • John Paul
      November 19, 2013

      I remember that rusting D8 Caterpillar that was parked by the Rosalie bridge just before election !You think is a joke when it is said that People have “Memoire poulle?(Memory of a Chicken)Politicians can fool them over and over on the same project election after election Weh Weh Weh wake up voters!

  26. 100% Dominican
    November 19, 2013

    Commendable work!! I wish them all the best with this endeavour! Just keep safe while working gentlemen!!! God’s speed…..

    • John Paul
      November 19, 2013

      I love this one ! “God’s speed” Ha Ha Ha Ha !

      What You trying ? To rub salt in a wound?Chupes!

  27. hope
    November 19, 2013

    :-D To God be the glory! Great!

  28. Anthony Ismael
    November 19, 2013

    Nice.
    Can’t wait to drive on that one when I get back home.

  29. Malatete
    November 19, 2013

    It would be advisable for Mr. Drigo to maintain silence rather than embarrass himself and the Govt. he represents.

    P.M. Roosevelt Skerrit gave a commitment for the construction of this short road (4.16 km = 2.58 miles) more than five years ago, when he walked its route on 4 April, 2008 accompanied by a delegation of ministers and the then chief chief technical officer of the Min. of Public Works
    proclaimed the project “simple and feasible” (as reported on Cakafete on 7 April, 2008)

    On 2 April, 2011 (three years later!)Pearle Fontaine of GIS reported that work on phase two of this road had resumed on 28 March 2011.

    Another year goes by when GIS, following a visit to the site by Roosevelt Skerrit, reported that:” the recommencement of phase two, resumed in 2011, is coming to an end shortly”.
    Almost 19 months later the M.P. for Castle Bruce has the temerity to report that work on the road is moving along satisfactorily.
    Mr. Drigo, half a mile per year for a road that is still not near completion. You call that satisfactory? Such pronouncements will not stand you in good stead for re-election.

  30. concerned citizen
    November 19, 2013

    nice

  31. Family Guy!
    November 19, 2013

    Mr. Drigo all respect to you, but to make this statement “The community is very satisfied with the progress” is a BIG lie, this project is long over due and every time election is around the corner your government sends backhoes and caterpillars to blind fold the people of Petite Soufriere, who i must say some are not so intelligent, and i can say that because i am from this village, this is ur government scheme to fool the people to gain votes, you being the pal rep,what have you done to create employment in the community other than passing on Sundays and giving a Lil hand outs and most recently giving people Galvanize and two sheets of plywood, how long will this last..not so long, we the young people of this village is wise enough to see that you all only takes the older folks for a ride…but in the mean time we await still to see if this road will ever be completed..”In March, the Venezuelan government approved US $2.5-million for the completion of the project.” you will be held accountable if this does not finish!

  32. urban
    November 19, 2013

    why is every road being resurfaced or built except the Grand Bay road is getting guard rails.The last person to have gone down the deep precipice was the daughter of Charles Savarin.Skerrit wait until a bus load of passengers go down there and then you will do something to that dangerous situation.Grand Bay deserves better than that.Two incompetent Parl Reps

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