West Coast Road Development Project key to Dominica’s growth – Blackmoore


Minister of Public Works, Energy and Ports Rayburn Blackmoore believes that the West Coast Road Development Project is part of the key to the growth of Dominica as a nation.

The Minister was speaking at a ministerial site visit to the Hanover Street to Elliot Avenue Bridge which is currently under construction.

Blackmoore believes that despite the negative remarks of dissenters about other projects previously undertaken, the Government is still fulfilling its campaign promises to the people of Dominica.

“What we’re trying to do as a government and we said this before and during the election campaign,” he stated. “Is that we believe no country can grow if we do not have a proper accommodation network. The key to that is the improvement of the road platform. We believe that is critical to creating the platform for improved commerce.”

Blackmoore alluded to the works that have been carried out on the road already and mentioned that soon work will be done in the Tarreau area which he said will cause some disruption to traffic. He however urged motorists to be understanding.

“I really want to call on the [motorists] for their cooperation and thus far we have seen tremendous cooperation from the standpoint of drivers and other road users. We would not like to see, in these circumstances therefore, any undue inconvenience,” he pointed out.

The West Coast Road connects Roseau and Portsmouth and is the most heavily traversed section of Dominica’s road network in terms of traffic flow. The project is funded by the Chinese government.

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  1. come on
    May 22, 2011

    west coast road project economics of bypassing citizens of the Commonwealth of Dominica for employment,sets the trend of this governments achievements.

  2. Seriously???????????????
    May 11, 2011

    Why does it always takes these politicans so many words to say absolutely nothing???

  3. population change
    May 11, 2011

    Development for whom?
    Changing the demographics to suit the MOU’s?
    Actions speak louder than words?
    Who has been given the advantage over Dominicans?
    Do Dominicans get same oportunities as;
    Ex patriots?
    Lebanese Dominicans?

  4. Jamesson
    May 11, 2011

    2 lane road from scothead to postmouth (80%) is massive development.Then canefield to possy. My GOD help my people.

  5. Anonymous
    May 11, 2011

    the key is to make it easier for the so many investors who had their eye on Dominica and continue to have their eyes on Dominica, but have been forced to turn their backs – the road is not going to do it but removing the high taxes at the port might!!!!

  6. Crackerjack
    May 11, 2011

    Give Blackmoore a chance. He seem to be sincere and commited to do something for the Island.He right about West-Coast road. We must stop complaining about what is and start planning for what must be. I say, Blackmoore go for it, I’m with you!

    • forkit
      May 11, 2011

      polly want’s a cracker….

  7. AHA
    May 10, 2011

    but hold on what an idiotic statement is that nah, blackmore needs to go let their economics before he comes talking crap. that doesent and will not encourage any commerce, how does the road repairs promote commerce? blackmore go get international flights to get into dominica and stop talking crap

    • Soldier
      May 10, 2011

      Stop being ignorant.
      Fine if you don’t support his political stance but road networks or better of it always promote better business. It’s a fact.

      • .
        May 11, 2011

        sort they sort

        • AHA
          May 11, 2011

          people please educate me on how repaving of a road is going to stimulate economic activities please educte me. there is no additional lands being opened up no road passing through farming or tourist areas that it wasnt passing before. so please educte me on how or what economic acytivities will be generated.

  8. West Coast
    May 10, 2011

    Dominicans have no idea as to what this long awaited West Coast Road Project should look like on completion.The minister can’t tell the residents what is happening or going to happen especially in the Mahaut and Massacre villages, (the heart of his constituency). There was talk of a bypass in those villages,but the Parl rep can’t say.

    I must say that the bridge being built is very interesting especially when it is raining and the Roseau river is swollen.

    Go Blackmore, I dream that you are aiming to be the PM of Dominica!!

    • Soldier
      May 10, 2011

      I will inform you

      No bypass for Mahaut or Massacre.
      Not financially capable at the moment.

      What’s happening about the road you ask?
      It’s being constructed and well paved with some of the best asphalt the island can produce.

      Did I answer all your questions?

    • Patat
      May 11, 2011

      If is one thing I know for sure is that China will not embarrass itself to the International Community by producing crap in Dominica!!!

      I not even saying what China will do to the contractors. ok

      China is projecting her power to the world at large – her economic power, her position as the world’s number 2 most powerful Nation and quickly rising to become the world’s number one economic giant between 2016 to 2025.

      Thank you PM Skerrit and MP Blackmore for having foresight to establish relations with the next super power of the world!!!!!! Sign a Banana Trade Agreement with China on our tenth anniversary of our two Countries unbroken ties and history will remember you as the greatest Prime Minister that ever governed the Commonwealth of Dominica that brought prosperity to Dominica in a sustainable way!!!!

      That hurting all the haterz dem that are left cap in hand still hoping that Uncle Sam will restore their pride and political fortunes.

      Well thank you!!!!

      • forkit
        May 11, 2011

        so what you saying, that chinese road surfacing from posse not an embarassment.

        • Patat
          May 11, 2011

          Boss trust me , that have to do over.

          China just checking to see how we viewing d project.

          Call d embassy and check for u self.

  9. Worky Worky
    May 10, 2011

    I wonder what part of the key Blacmore is talking about. If after 11 years this government can’t find that key that simply means that they are lost. The west coast rehabilitation is not development- that is house keeping. Thanks to the Chinese people.
    This government has done nothhing to uplift the people. The donation of Chavez house is not dvelopment. When a government creates means and ways for people to develope themselves and to make a better living then the politicians can start tooting their horns.

  10. tiny
    May 10, 2011

    oh i see you guys are gonna fix this right……………….http://youtu.be/ISgm9Qaf9qY

    • me
      May 10, 2011

      a picture tells a thousand words. when all you fix that problem call me or wake me up, but not holding my breath. building road without a plan, in the technical world we call that ad-hoc

      thanks tiny

    • Soldier
      May 11, 2011

      Very easy!
      Many islands in the Caribbean have narrow roads passing through residential areas.
      Barbados’s Bay Street is one.

      The solution?
      Absolutely NO parking or stopping in Mahaut or Massacre and NO parking on the side or sidewalk either. Problem solved!

      And that one stone verandah on the left side of the road heading north .. right before the bride in Massacre needs to go! Also, the last house on the left side of the road leaving Mahaut village heading north also needs to go!

      I should be getting paid for this!

  11. Pepper
    May 10, 2011

    Blackmoore needs to address the GRAVE financial situation existing at the Public Works Garage.

    • truth
      May 10, 2011

      Great observation Pepper. Govt. is slowly contributing to the downfall of Public Works Co. Imagine those million dollar road projects are going on and Public Works, a local Co. with years of experience building roads, cannot even get a Sub-contract. Workers have difficulties getting paid. The Co. is going under. The Co. is brokes and cannot pay its workers. Planning Division refused to give public works permission to set up an Asphalt plant close to the Layou community, rightly so, because of environmental problems and the negative effects the poisonous fumes would have on villagers health, Planning Division itself said public Works proposal was not feasible, But lo and behold, that same Planning Division gave permission to Gardakhan and Sons, a foreign Co., to build an asphalt plant in the same area. Dominicans, you must be blamed for allowing those kinds of treatments to your own brothers and sisters. Our people are being treated with Contempt by Govt. They really think we are all foolish. No MOU for us to see. No jobs for Public works, for Dominicans, on those projects. By supporting such nonsense by Govt. You all are causing your own brother/sister/cousin/uncle to be unemployed and local Co and businesses to fail and become bankrupt.

  12. tiny
    May 10, 2011

    how ….????????????? http://youtu.be/t2o1LZPsyy0

    it’s not like there was no road to begin with…………..how???????????/

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