Toucarie road rehabilitation back on stream

A section of the road under rehabilitation
A section of the road under rehabilitation

Work on the Toucarie Road rehabilitation project is said to be back on stream after a six-month delay.

The project involves concrete resurfacing of the roads in that area.

“That was part of the work that was supposed to be done under the rehabilitation of the Tan Tan to Capuchin road and as you can recall, we had some serious challenges with that portion of works,” Parliamentary Representative for the Cottage Constituency, Reginald Austrie said.

According to him, work actually stopped there about six months ago and some parts were left in a terrible state.

“And that was for a number of reasons … one of the reasons being because of the unavailability of asphalt. The contractors had some delays until we decided to use concrete rather than using the asphalt,” Austrie explained. “And so works started two weeks ago in ernest and I am hoping that within the next couple of weeks we would have completed that road.”

He continued, “When that is done we are hoping that we can go back down towards the Savanne Paille area using concrete again and that will probably put that road somewhere in the region of 90 percent of completion.”

He said there is a section of the road just before approaching Clifton which “would give us a completely and totally rehabilitated work.”

Austrie noted that the people of Cottage and others traveling on the road will experience some slight inconveniences for the next couple of weeks.

“You would have to wait a little bit while the work is done but at the end of the day that sacrifice would be well worth it since you now have a complete road…to meet the standards of pedestrians and passengers much more comfortable,” Austrie stated.

Meanwhile Minister for Public Works and Portsm Ian Pinard, said the project will be completed in a few weeks.

“We feel the concrete road that is going on, the contractor should finish in a couple of weeks and we are hoping to have that road done very nicely…,” Pinard said. “And after the completion, we expect that road to be safe and be in very good condition after that.”

The Toucarie Road Project costs in excess of $651,158.58 and is being undertaken by DIPCON Engineering and Services Ltd.

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  1. nature island
    April 21, 2015

    Reginald was there ever a budget for the Tan Tan to Capuchin road? tell the people the truth, whats about the hills of mornalouie and toucarie will they too be taken care off? for God sake the people of the cottage constituency deserve better,for the past 20 years we have voted LABOR

  2. too late
    April 21, 2015

    Regi knows that people like Doubting Thomas will believe this crap. You mean a government could not find asphalt for a 6 month period ?

  3. Anthony P. Ismael
    April 21, 2015

    So it took the contractors six months to figure out that there was no asphalt available before they switched to a concrete surface.

    Wow! :-P :-P :-P :-P :-P :-P :-P :-P :-P

    April 21, 2015

    first time to me.never saw a main road paved in concrete. correct me if i’m wrong. smh

  5. Cottage
    April 21, 2015

    I am laughing out so loud at the excuses given by Reginald Austrie- He says one of the reason is there was no Asphalt in the country for 6 months . SMFH. The contractors some delays – is it because there was no asphalt in the country or the contractor had no money because government could not pay him. Austrie I know all the details- stop the lies.
    So the country did not have asphalt for 6 months yet roads were patching up in all little kwere during the election campaign.
    It is like these guys are giving those stories to 2 and 3 year old knowing that these lies will be digest by the ignorant people of Dominica.
    What excuse will Ian Douglas use for Rodney street in Portsmouth – there was no water to mix concrete.

    • Anthony P. Ismael
      April 21, 2015

      Not quite. You see, the cement boat developed engine trouble on its way to Dominica. They had to transfer the cement to another boat and that one had engine problems too.

      Lol. :-P :-P :-P :-P :-P :-P :-P :-P :-P :-P :-P :-P :-P

      • Citizen Kane
        April 22, 2015

        Ian & Reggie do not have to give any excuses ! Remember they did not ask Portsmouth & Cottage people to vote them … They did not campaign … so they are not accountable.

    • spirit
      April 22, 2015

      remember dowasco have been taking water every day for the last couple of weeks so no water is the excuse.

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