Working towards safer road for Grand Fond

Officials at a site tour of the Grand Fond road

Satisfactory progress is being reported on work being done to turn an accident-prone  “very narrow strip of road” into a comfortable road for motorists in the Grand Fond area, according to Public Works Minister Rayburn Blackmoore.

Following an onsite look at the project, the minister and his officials have indicated that widening work on the Grand Fond road is now at an advanced stage.

The project was launched in April (2012) following heavy rains last November which resulted in significant road edge failure to what used to be a very narrow stretch of road.

Parliamentary Representative for the Grand Fond Constituency, Ivor Stephenson, expects the road to be much safer for road users when it is completed.

“People who have been going to Grand Fond would know that this is a very narrow strip of road. It would basically scare people, it was not safe and it was very possible to have accidents”.

The parliamentary representative says the project is being done in three critical areas.

“In the “vava” area and below the “tomiel” to” kabwit “area we had massive excavation works being done”.

Public Works Minister Blackmoore says so far over  $500,000.00 have been spent on the project.

“Immediately after we had the effects of the rain last year we spent one hundred and fifty thousand dollars (E.C $150,000.00) to do initial excavation work. We are currently spending over four hundred thousand dollars (E.C $400,000.00) to do this aspect of the project”.

The Minister says the next phase will include the construction of storm drains and resurfacing works.

“The intention in terms of the quantum of work to be done going forward is to have 300 meters of road work and 300 meters of concrete drains. We are going to have slipper drains and storm drains” he added.

“The intention is to have two- way traffic throughout the length of the road,” he explained.

Section of the road

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21 Comments

  1. Anonymous
    April 20, 2013

    :)

  2. grand fond
    June 19, 2012

    any one travelling on this road would be happy, there’s no doubt bout it. I see it as a timely project. nothing happens before its time. thanks to God almighty and then the government and contractors of the project. doesn’t matter under what circumstance it being done, the good thing its being done. thanks I say we all will benefit.

  3. June 19, 2012

    Look for those photos to feature in the next manifesto around election time I will have no problem with that as long as the project is completed 100%.

  4. June 19, 2012

    Finally! We are not being kicked down the road like broken cans, it`s about time something had to be done. Thank you and make sure the project is completed and not be used as a political ploy that would be a disgrace Mr minister you seems to be making mention of large sums of money spent on the project already. Do not come later and tell us that the funds ran out. As a son of the soil i am watching and if I am right I will throw my hat in the ring and offer my services to the people of Grand fond in the next General Elections. Thanks for now.

  5. Klinton K.Anselm
    June 19, 2012

    I applaud this wonderful accomplishment. I can personally reflect how dangerous that stretch of road was. I again applaud all in the making of this possible.

  6. Anthony P. Ismael
    June 19, 2012

    Great! The road looks so much better than what was there before. I must say our roads are getting better.

  7. progress
    June 19, 2012

    they need to show other sections of the road where they have already finished working and the road is still very narrow. more and better work should be done. it has been over a week since they have done any work on the road.

  8. it's time
    June 19, 2012

    Thanks to doctor fontain grand fond is in the spot light now, because if he didn’t come here sometime ago and talk about he might run for office they would never be watching grand fond now, keep them on thier toes and still vote them out.

  9. ROSEAU VALLEY
    June 19, 2012

    Very nice. Of course, it would appear that Mr. Blackmore is one Ministers of government who has his heart in his work- you understand! Therefore, the PM could not have been referring to him in St Joseph.. Of course, therefore, the Hon Minister must be congratulated as this was long overdue- you understand! Of course, while this work is welcome, credit, of course, must be given to Thompson Fontaine for indicating his intention to contest the Grand Fond seat whenever the next elections are called – you understand where I am coming from sir. Certainly, these road works are very much needed and appreciated, but there is no doubt that they are also closely linked to Fontaine’s ambition to be the next Parl Rep for that constituency just as the long, protracted completion of the ongoing repair/widening of the Morne Prosser main road will be hailed as a symbol of the good work of the Labour Party and its love for the people of the ROSEAU VALLEY. We understand that both the Grand Fond and the Morne Proper road projects will be featured in the Labour Party’s manifesto. Therefore, while –of course, the government must be congratulated, we look forward, of course, to the completion of roads works on the Morne Prosper main road- you understand what I mean Mr. Minister. Of course, as you can see I have expressed myself just as you would with a strong emphasis, of course, on your favorite words. Therefore – there should be no misunderstanding -you understand where I am coming from sir.

  10. phil me
    June 18, 2012

    that’s very good

  11. hush
    June 18, 2012

    something happening… i,m so grateful to the government for their support. rome wasn,t built in a day. good things comes to those who wait, and now we are enjoying the fruits.

  12. Country
    June 18, 2012

    Wow I am so happy! It’s not today that village has been praying for a safer road! Now all they need is a bus to take the hard working farmers up and down. Not talking about those lazy people well dressed just liming!

  13. God's child
    June 18, 2012

    a good start. Let’s hope this one will continue

  14. sexygirl
    June 18, 2012

    its time i find dat it hd yo tk heavy rainfall last year for the road to damage for the government to see dat the road need to be upgrade same on them wonder wat they where doin so long …its like the ppl in grandfond doesnt exist arent we humans i use to live there and went school am now a grown woman and left dominica so long and only now they wanna mk a chgn but atlast it happened …i appreciate but dt should hv been done long time ago ….thnx to God first fot the chgn

    • hemie
      June 19, 2012

      Please learn to spell. if you have problems doing so you can Google each word using the internet. It was very difficult reading your post. It was like a fill-in the blanks exam.
      thanks

      • sadist
        June 19, 2012

        if he or she cant spell, how would they know what word to google up? u sound more stupid than that post

      • Anonymous
        June 20, 2012

        @sadist .. Google is one of the best search engines the world wide web has to offer and i believe that the person who wrote this post has the general idea of how to spell, Google always proposes the proper spelling to words that are wrongly spelled even while using this media it notifies you when a word is wrongly spelled and by right clicking on the word it suggests the correct spelling for the word.
        That’s why i suggested Google because it can help one to learn to spell. the internet is very informative and can be a teacher if used properly.

        That being said i will refrain from calling you names, do have a blessed day.

        thank you

  15. I and I
    June 18, 2012

    100% support.I and I from the East and Ive travelled that road,Brods…
    Things are happening,,,,IN TIME TO COME….

  16. CIA on the watch
    June 18, 2012

    DNO, Brighter pictures would be appreciated. Credits must be given to this Minister who is always working, i strongly suspect he is alligned to the workers party where performance and results matters

    • Anonymous D
      June 19, 2012

      LOL u serious man? d only way for him to be hardworking is if he underneath blue? wowwwwwww. Anyways good job Minister.

  17. Correction
    June 18, 2012

    Great Job,that road needed upgrading.

    Continue the good works!!!

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