Traffic re-routing under Canefield cliff to begin next week

Minister of Public Works Rayburn Blackmoore has said that the thin layer of asphalt that lines the western side of the road under the Canefield cliff, between Woodbridge Bay and The Cove, is ready to allow for temporary vehicular traffic re-routing from next week.

The minister stated that the 1.7km roadway will accommodate the traffic, into and out of Roseau, for the duration of the repair works to the eastern side of the road.

“The constructors have prepared the western side of the road to accommodate temporary vehicular traffic flow and they will move to the eastern side of the road to do some of the excavation and vertical alignment that needs to be done,” Blackmoore said.

The completed section of that West Coast Road project is expected to include sidewalks, two traffic lanes, a pull-over shoulder and 1.6km of drains.


Speaking of the works on the Hanover Street to Elliot Avenue Bridge, the minister reaffirmed that the project will be completed in 2012, stating that the concreting of the bridge has been completed and the other improvements are underway, despite public concerns relating to the height of the bridge.

He added, “The actual concrete component of the bridge has been completed and was completed on-time. What is left to be done is the installation of the railings, placement of asphalt and the building of the ramps into the bridge. The bridge itself has a circular formation and that was done to get adequate clearance from the river, four and a half feet above the road level.”

The $100-million project includes works currently on-going on retaining walls and the road surface in Tarreau, Bioche and Batalie/Coulibistrie.

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25 Comments

  1. Mary Jane
    September 28, 2011

    Come on people. Why does everything have to be political? Traffic lights in the city are long overdue to avoid the chaos that we see everyday. Why do Dominicans believe that when people comment or make suggestions for improvements in their country it is because they are in support or against a political party. No wonder Dominica is retrogressing. The politicians whether they are blue red green or yellow must be scrutinised critised and kept on their toes to do well or they become complacent lazy and irresponsible. They are the servants of the people not only at election time but throughout their term in office. Of course, Dominica needs serious improvements, starting with the City of Roseau. So stop bashing the critics and bash the politicians who do very little to improve the quality of your lives.

  2. pp
    June 30, 2011

    i’m sorry but i’m not being a downer but Dominica needs traffic lights i been to Roseau 4 times to visit my family and it’s so confusing to drive no traffic lights what the hell Dominica needs to do more than rebuild roads. traffic lights is needed, better hotel accommodation and make Roseau feel more like a modern town. still love you Dominica!!

  3. jus saying
    June 25, 2011

    next level donot have to mean upward movement.downward movement is next level to cuz that is wat is happening.

  4. Anonymous
    June 24, 2011

    :-?

  5. Anthony P. Ismael
    June 24, 2011

    This was a great idea when it was first initiated. I can’t wait to see what the completed project on Hanover Street looks like within a few months of completion.

  6. Nudibranch
    June 24, 2011

    if you install lighting under the cliff or anywhere else for that matter, PLEASE ensure it is solar.
    As to the height of the bridge at the mouth of the river. You’ve obviously never seen it in full flood.
    Still, small steps, remember it was the Chinese constructed bridge in St Lucia that collapsed too.
    Gross tonnage of the bridge…. one bus of cruise ship passengers.lol

  7. la beauty
    June 24, 2011

    good job i must say..cant wait to see it wen its complete

  8. CONCERNED!!!!
    June 24, 2011

    (1)…..IS THE THIN LAYER OF ASPHALT GONNA WITHSTAND THE ABUSE FROM THE VEHICLES, HEAVY AND LIGHT WHICH WILL BE UP AND DOWN FOR THE COUPLE MONTHS THEY GONNA TAKE DECIDING WHATS GOING TO BE DONE WITH THE EASTERN SIDE OF THE ROAD?

    (2)…..WHEN IS THE GARDEN’S ROAD GOING TO BE OPENED? WHEN THIS ROAD IS OPENED PERSON FROM THE SOUTH CAN GET IN AND OUT OF TOWN VIA THIS ROUTE, THEREFORE EASING UP THE TRAFFIC INSIDE ROSEAU….WHAT IS TAKING SO LONG…THIS SHOULD BE PRIORITY…I SHOULD THINK.

    (3)…..CAN THE AUTHORITIES CONCERNED PLEASE PATCH UP A FEW ON THE BROKEN VALLEY POT HOLES ON THE ROADS??…WHY DO THEY WAIT UNTIL A HOLE IS 8FT X 8FT WHILE TO FILL IT WITH TARRISH??? ONLY TO HAVE RAIN WASH IT AWAY THE NEXT DAY??…..DO THE TAX PAYERS HAVE TO SUGGEST THAT TO THE TECHNICAL PERSON??…DONT THE DRIVE IN DOMINICA??

    • dominica gal
      June 24, 2011

      Be patient Rome was not built in a day.

  9. June 24, 2011

    Dominica is backward theres no trafic lights .you guys need too place trafic lights where its needed.Special in Roseau.

    • Homeboy
      June 24, 2011

      Well you are a prime example of the backward nature of the Country. Know when to use to instead of too! And go back and revise grammar and punctuation!

      • dominica gal
        June 24, 2011

        Bon waypose! :-D

    • Joan
      June 24, 2011

      You sound like a FOOLLLLLLL to say Dominica is backward because of traffic lights,sometimes i wonder when we have northing to say why don’t we shut up.All over governments are trying to get rid of traffic lights and replace them by roundabouts now yoy making such a comment,shame on some of us

    • dominica gal
      June 24, 2011

      How backward are we? Maybe u can help us get
      foward. We need alot of things to be done s Show me a country that does not have it share of problems U need to visit some other
      Caribbean islands and u will see that Dominica is not the only country without
      street lights. give a positive feedback that is well deserved regardless ur party affiliation After the roads are built we will have street lights ok

    • Anonymous
      June 25, 2011

      Are you willing to fund the traffic lights? Well thanks God Dominica is a littel nation- all we need are good pedestrian crossing and to teach our people how to cross the roads and to encourage our drivers to be cautious by giving others a chance once in a while!

  10. Homeboy
    June 24, 2011

    This bridge when completed will be a blessing, providing relief for vehicular access into and out of Roseau.
    When it is good say it as it is.. The access road to goodwill via bathroad and bathestate, including this bridge were excellent undertakings.

    • Homeboy
      June 24, 2011

      Is there goin to be a tonnage limit for this bridge? What is the maximum gross weight it will accommodate?

      • Homeboy
        June 25, 2011

        There has to be weight limits to prevent the bridge being undermined structurally. If this is not considered in a short time, the bridge will be compromised. Remember especially in the Hurricane season the river will be over flowing its banks carrying debris. We know how we love to use te river as a garbage dump. This debris plus the weight of excessively large vehicles can compromise the structure.!!
        That was my point when I asked the question!

  11. Dade County
    June 24, 2011

    I hope there is a bike cycle lane also. And I hope there will be light under the cliff.

    • Crazy
      June 24, 2011

      Next you will want a lane for Pram, one for skateboard, one for screwta, one for rickshaw, one of pedestrian carrying fig…. send us your list we will try to accommodate you.

      • dumbfounded
        June 25, 2011

        Of course it would be appropriate to have bikes lanes. Don’t you think it is unsafe for the bycicle riders to be riding on the streets with the other vehicles. And I will ask for more!! What is being done to the sidewalks in Roseau. Should two more generations come and walk on these same deplorable what we call ‘sidewalks??

    • 1979
      August 3, 2011

      dont mind him. he is the “crazy” man that sleeping under the cliff….he maybe dominican but ignore his comments because he has never left that cave under the cliff to see anywhere else.

  12. Peeping Tom
    June 24, 2011

    Nice! :-D

  13. I'mWondering
    June 24, 2011

    Next Level!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  14. Lawrence Ettienne
    June 24, 2011

    Mr. Minister, is there anything including reflectors on the said road as was done on the Springfield road? I would appreciate if this question could be answered .

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