Roseau River Promenade phase one nearing completion

Workers on the site of the project on Thursday
Workers on the site of the project on Thursday

Phase one of the Roseau River Promenade is 98 percent complete, Tourism Minister, Robert Tonge has said.

The project includes the construction of a 45 meter wall on the northern bank of the Roseau River, between the West Bridge and the Dominica China Friendship Bridge is expected to be 100 per cent done within two weeks or less.

“The Roseau River Promenade has two stages,” Tonge told DNO on Thursday. “The first stage was really to create the river protection wall on the northern side and that is 98 percent complete right now.”

He stated that the second phase involves the building of a wall on the southern side of the Roseau River.

“The next phase right now is to do the other side but it has to tender and there is a process,” Tonge explained.

He noted that there were no difficulties during the course of the project.

“If there were, it was before my time,” Tonge said. “From the time I came in I ensured that everything was done properly and within the time.”

George Nanton (left) signs the contract for phase one of the Roseau River Promenade last year
George Nanton (left) signs the contract for phase one of the Roseau River Promenade last year

The contract for the first phase was signed in August of 2014 with George Nanton at a cost of about EC$560,176 and was expected to be completed within a three-month period.

Nathan told GIS in October 2014 that the project was expected to be completed by the middle of that same month.

The Roseau River Promenade is part of the government’s redevelopment plan for improving and beautifying Roseau.

It is being funded by the government of Dominica and ALBA.

It will include vending booths for food and beverage, landscaping and tree planting, a cantilevered board walk, with an upscale restaurant and mini-mall, and a retaining wall are all expected to be part of the project, according to officials.

Actual construction for the The Roseau River Promenade was expected to begin in “April to the beginning of May” of 2013, according to officials, but it apparently never got off the ground.

In late 2013, then Tourism Minister, Ian Douglas, admitted the project was going at a snail’s pace.

In January 2014, Douglas said heavy rainfall and flooding on Christmas Eve 2013 had forced designers of the promenade back to the drawing board.

Photo on left depicts a section of the Roseau River presently and photo of right depicts the same area after the Promenade is completed, according to officials
Photo on left depicts a section of the Roseau River presently and right depicts a rendition the same area after the Promenade is completed, according to officials

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19 Comments

  1. whoistoblame
    March 27, 2015

    Looking at the photo, it looks like the new wall is sitting on the foundation of the old wall.Is that good ? Would not let any contractor do a job like that for me

    • Mamizoo
      March 29, 2015

      That is not true. The new wall has its own footing.

  2. Frenz
    March 27, 2015

    Shouldn’t the minister of public works be the one talking about the project in such regard. Mr Tonge is the minister of tourism and the ministry of tourism is not responsible for the procurement and management of the contract. Mr Tonga in my opinion should not be making those comments At all.

  3. Harry Mack
    March 27, 2015

    “If there were, it was before my time,” Tonge said. “From the time I came in I ensured that everything was done properly and within the time.” Mr. Robert Tonge, is there something that you know of before your time that was wrong? The bogus tendering process for this project and the inflated cost?
    I assume that the answer is yes. Now use your influence in getting the Procurement Bill into action, get the Tenders Board going.

  4. Dan Tanner
    March 27, 2015

    When it is finished, behind schedule and over budget, and possibly below water, the politicians will have their payoffs and people will be able to watch trash drift by whilst being assaulted by beggars.

  5. Truth be Told
    March 27, 2015

    The wall is 98 percent complete not the Roseau River Promenade!

  6. disident
    March 27, 2015

    dis scheme appeared to be a bobol from the start.
    I think there was a rush to give de particular contractor de contract.
    The manner in which de contract was awarded is still in question…de contractor brother has very very very strong link to de PM and the DLP leadership.
    NEPOTISM STARING U STRAIGHT IN DE EYE.
    De administration NEVER operates to remove that suspicion from de minds of de public.
    Project after project it’s the same. No room for doubt.
    So it was meant to be a 3 month project..but of course.
    ONE STRAIGHT WALL!
    october came and gone.
    public asked whether there was a problem…work stopped, machines and equipment left the site…EVEN DURING ELECTION!! No wonder DLP did not get de support! RIGHT IN DE CITY U DOH HAVE DE SUPPORT!
    From August to present is 9 months!
    DLP DOESN’T DESERVE A MANDATE IN ROSEAU!
    VINDICTIVE CROOKS!
    DE JOB WAS OVERBID!
    DE CONTRACTOR FAILS TO PERFORM!
    NO PENALTIES
    WHAT A JOKE!!
    GEORGE TRUCKING LOST CREDIBILITY!

  7. Mamizoo
    March 27, 2015

    If Phase 1 was not about votes and deception why is phase 2 not out for bid. It would be quite strange that there is no design for the remaining retaining wall sections. So the question is whether or not there was or is money for the project. It seems like we are about to witness a project that was due to begin in 2013 with 45 meter wall sections every 2 years.
    They wanted to show that they were interested in creating employment but alas – espwa mal papaille ism is embedded within the Labor Party administration.
    Yes Laborites Rome wasn’t built in a day but it was built and certainly not with deception

  8. Sailor
    March 27, 2015

    I guess Tim & his top cop buddy saw many eyes under lights candle &/or moon light. But the people of DA & tourist missed that opportunity now that the Roseau River Promenade is nearing it’s completion .
    Sad Mr. Lugay is not in a position to make us have that Romantic experience.
    Some of us have, some will others may never have such and opportunity on the River floatillas.

  9. Sailor
    March 27, 2015

    Hey! here I am getting first knock again like Lockhart Sebastien use to in the 70-80’s.
    Having said that ,hope it is posted as there is a tendency which Fet always gets- not printing our posts.
    I was just thinking of “our boy” not the Bishop as per Crazy-Tees but everybody’s boy for one reason or another _Julie alias Tim Tim.
    I heard him say once he had plans of dredging the Roseau River to facilitate boat rides up stream I lMAO real loud then. Now am LMAO louder now as his wings were clipped by Lugay in Dec 2014. Don’t know what he was/is smoking .The people of Roseau North must have asked him to see Dr.Benjie and knowing Julie coco as I do am not surprised he must have insulted a few constituients.
    So Julie I guess D/cans opportunity to cruise the Roseau River night or day under moon or candle lights is a missed opportunity right? It reminds me of a top cop who told the wife of a Lance corporal she had beautiful eyes and would love to see’ em under moon or candle…

  10. Tampa
    March 27, 2015

    The two statements below have me a bit puzzled. In October 17, 2014 the project was going to be completed “by the end of next week”.

    GIS News – Friday, October 17th, 2014 at 11:18 AM
    Construction work on the first phase of the Roseau River Promenade Project should be completed by the end of next week.
    This was confirmed on Tuesday October 14th by owner and manager of George Trucking and Excavation Services, George Nanthan.
    That phase of the project involves the construction of a 45 metre wall on the northern bank of the Roseau River.

    Dominica News Online – Friday, March 27th, 2015 at 9:47 AM
    Promenade is 98 percent complete, Tourism Minister, Robert Tonge has said.
    The project includes the construction of a 45 meter wall on the northern bank of the Roseau River, between the West Bridge and the Dominica China

    My question then is did something go wrong? Or is there a miscommunication on somebody’s part? If one wall is one phase, how many phases to completion?

    • A Doubting Thomas
      March 27, 2015

      The truth is – 45 meters of a retaining wall should not take 6 months at all. Based on the basic design and baring any severe unforeseen site conditions this cantilevered wall should be no more than 5-6 weeks.
      Mobilization- 4 days
      Excavation – 5 days
      Footing – form and pour – 12 days
      Wall- rebar, form and pour, strip- 15 days

      • FAST N FURIOUS
        March 27, 2015

        Why didn’t you bid for the project since you know so much?

      • A Doubting Thomas
        March 30, 2015

        DNO I mentioned that someone is using my ID by Capitalizing DOUBTING. The very next post I submitted was not posted for whatever reason., Now there is this post above, using my screen name as a copycat in the same format as I use. I can think of no reason why anyone would use another person’s screen name except for causing mischief which DNO is encouraging iby allowing it to pass your moderators. I did not post the above, yet my screen name is being used. Why?

        ADMIN: Because of the large amount of comments we receive, including a large amount of spam which also has to be looked at, we don’t have time to look at every single name that comes up in order to screen them. That in itself would be a job and a half. We generally trust readers to use a screen name and stick to it. If readers duplicate screen names, there is very little we can do. However, we will keep an eye out for future post from any one using that specific screen name, however, we cannot promise much.

  11. Truth
    March 27, 2015

    This river wall is too low in comparison to the first one. The river will eventually flow above it in a short space of time.

    • real possie
      March 27, 2015

      @ Truth, you all are the best if you look at the pic you clearly see the new wall at least 6″ higher than the one before, but I thought that was an election gimmick.

    • April 3, 2015

      To Truth.

      Hello and good afternoon my people. Hi did you look at the photograph that’s attached to this article and if so how can you say the new wall is lower than the previous wall. If you want to criticize then make an honest point so we can have an honest discussion . It’s better than what we currently have and I just hope people don’t used it as their private bathroom.

  12. Yah Man
    March 27, 2015

    chhh not too shabby 8)

  13. grell
    March 27, 2015

    To the contractor,i hope this wall is strong enough and no short cuts were taken,water pressure is no joke.

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