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.