Second part of Magua Road under repair

The road under construction. Photo: GIS
The road under construction. Photo: GIS

The Magua Road- the main road passing through the community of Bellevue Chopin- is again in focus.

On Thursday, January 21st, GIS News and the area’s Hon Parliamentary Representative, Dr. Kenneth Darroux were on that work site.

The entire road is being rebuilt in phases; the first 450 feet was overhauled last may and the second 450 feet began just last week. Each phase costs $70,000.

Contractor and community man, Agrippa Morancie has more than a decade of experience in projects like these and is already midway.

“I think it’s a very good project and I just hope for the completion of the entire road. It has been bad for a while and everybody is complaining so I would just like to see it completed,” he said.

Nine locals are employed on the project.

The Magua Road winds and climbs through the small community and leads to several more houses atop the hill.

For a long time, residents and users have had to make their way up this dusty and bumpy yet well-trodden road.

Hon Dr. Kenneth Darroux is looking to put an end to that.

“I think it’s commendable that just a few months after Tropical Storm Erika, when we know that efforts are concentrated on rebuilding and repairing, Government can find financing to finish this road in Bellevue Chopin. This is a commitment which we made to the people last year. As the MP, my hope and aim is that we can continue with very little interruptions because there is still a sizeable amount of road to be done.”

He added, “As the MP, It’s always a joy to go to a community and see something happening; apart from the road being necessary, the employment of young people always brings a [good] feeling to the community when something positive is happening.”

The contractor got special mention from Hon. Darroux.

“I really would like to like to commend the contractor for his stellar work. I wish I had the power to give him all concrete works around the island because he does wonderful work and creates employment for the young men of the community. That is commendable.”

Minister Darroux adds that the resettlement of the people of Petite Savanne in the Bellevue Chopin area plays into the spin-off benefits of the almost fully motorable road.

“In the next few months, the Petit Savanne community will most likely be settled in the Bellevue Chopin area so improving the infrastructure is of paramount importance.”

A Basic Needs Trust Fund project was approved to improve the water supply in Bellevue Chopin. According to the Hon. Minister, a review of the project scope will take place to accommodate the Petite Savanne people.

Meanwhile, District Nurse Maria Moise has a professional stake in the completion of this project.

“When I came in, the road was in a dilapidate condition however I am happy to see that it is being improved because when it was very difficult for the ambulance to carry out sick people. Now that improvement has taken place, I am very happy and I want to thank the Government of Dominica.”

Hon Darroux hopes that the entire road will be finished this year as well as other village roads in Bellevue Chopin.

The funding for this project was routed through the Ministry of Constituency Empowerment.

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13 Comments

  1. Bawi ppl
    January 28, 2016
  2. Crab and Manicou Hunter
    January 27, 2016

    Where are the drains?

  3. nigel
    January 27, 2016

    These idiots have no vision. Where is drainage to allow for free flow of water. maybe a sidewalk on one side. this job sucks and the article said the project leader is an expert lmao

    • queen
      January 28, 2016

      there is proper drainage. This contractor does great work. However from the angle of the photo you cannot see the drains. I am from the community so I can attest.

    • January 30, 2016

      All we do is just complain bunch of cry babies.

  4. Sweet Red Roses
    January 27, 2016

    Good job! The people ought to appreciate such good work. Now let’s see more of that trend. Thank You!

  5. LuCLu
    January 27, 2016

    So the Ministry of Constituency Empowerment is available for Bellevue Chopin hmmmmm…. so wah happen that ministry not available for Salisbury too? I don’t support either party, since I don’t reside in Dominica. However, I will say if someone asked me a few months ago if I would support Lennox over Skerrit I would have said no, something about LL just rubs me the wrong way….Now? I’m on the fence LL still irks me but Skerrit? Yah he’s a little suspect….now I digress…this Salisbury situation is one of the reasons why we as a country can’t come together.Regardless if Salisbury voted Labor, UWP or Pappy they should be treated the sames as Labor strongholds. The money in the Treasury is not Labor Party war chest, it belongs to the people of Dominica….whether Labor, UWP, Pappy or independent.

  6. cameron
    January 27, 2016

    Shame on the LABOUR REGIME,THE PEOPLE OF SALISBURY DOES IT THEMSELVES,BUT THIS IS TO SHOW THE LITTLE BOY THAT IS THE PRIME MINISTER OF A COUNTRY.

    • strategy
      January 27, 2016

      Salisbury is not Dominica, think about that. Strengthen the trust of your supporters first then move on to the others because the seeds of doubt will spread and say that they voted for a Government who doesn’t look after them.

      DLP is a smart Government, they continue to work despite the opposition’s interference. They are strong set of people, focused et al.

  7. derp
    January 27, 2016

    for the love of god why don’t they build proper drains when building roads, water destroys roads… make a proper passage for the water to flow…

  8. January 27, 2016

    Good job!

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