The Dominica government’s ten-year plan for rehabilitating the country’s major roads is ahead of schedule, according to Public Works Minister Rayburn Blackmoore.
He described the just completed $100 million West Coast Road Rehabilitation project as one representing the government’s commitment “to taking our road network to the next level”.
The minister referred to a road audit “that speaks to 320 kilometres of main road, and we are giving you a time horizon within which we believe we can get our main roads in perfect condition of ten years”.
“By the end of this year we would have surpassed our expectation, and 64 per cent of our main roads and counting will be in perfect condition,” the minister said at Friday’s road completion ceremony.
Blackmoore said that last year within a couple of weeks the island experienced tremendous damage to its physical infrastructure.
“And we are looking for $120 million to reconstruct our roads and to put in place mitigating factors like river walls”.
He also made reference to a $20 million road rehabilitation project announced recently by Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit that’s expected to focus on community roads and feeder roads.
The prime minister said at the time that $2 million of that amount would go into feeder road rehabilitation.
The figure has been criticized as being much to little to satisfy the farm access road repairs required around the country, but the prime minister says it is a good start and the government will be attempting to source additional funding for feeder roads.