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.”
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.