Work begins on Yorke Valley Bridge

The bridge was damaged during the collapse of the Mathieu Dam in 2011
The bridge was damaged during the collapse of the Mattieu Dam in 2011

The Ministry of Public Works and Ports is pleased to announce that construction work will begin on the Yorke Valley Bridge, also known as the Gleau Chaud Bridge, located in the Layou Valley.

The project will be executed in two phases; the demolition of the existing one-lane bridge and construction of a two-lane bridge. The demolition portion of the works will take place between September 25 and 29, 2016, however the road will be closed from September 21, 2016. The project is expected to last for one year.

Construction of the new Yorke Valley Bridge, which is estimated in excess of EC$11 million, is being made possible through grant funding from the People’s Republic of China. The Government of the People’s Republic of China made the commitment to provide funds to reconstruct the bridge after it was severely damaged following the collapse of the Mattieu Dam in July, 2011.

In the meantime, the Ministry of Public Works and Ports is advising motorists travelling east of Yorke Valley to use the Jimmit/Warner Road or the Canefield/Pond Casse Road.

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  1. Cyril Volney
    September 16, 2016

    Once again, THANK YOU to the Peoples Republic of China for your amazing support in our time of need.

  2. Concerned Roseau Valley Resident
    September 16, 2016

    What about the Trafalgar – Wotten Waven Link Bridge??? The tourist season is approaching – This is also the route out of the either villages if the main route is blocked. We need our bridge!

  3. LifeandDeath
    September 15, 2016

    Does the 11$m include resurfacing the road to Pond Casse?..That road needs urgent attention too. I don’t know how they were able to build an abattoir there..

  4. Jon Jones
    September 15, 2016

    I think the use of the word ‘damaged’ is abit of an understatement after seeing the photo. Destroyed would be a better description.

  5. September 15, 2016

    Since 2011 and its only now? Dominica, a failed state under Skerrit

  6. Red striped one wear shirt
    September 15, 2016

    This seems really ludicrous! The road is in the most terrible state, all the way from Hillsborough bridge up to Pond Casse. Surely the Chinese should fix the whole road before the bridge? How will it be possible to use the bridge when built if the road is impassable! The Sultan Warner Jimmit road is in the most terrible state of disrepair. One part is doomed to totally fall down into the valley, the first landslide as you come from Warner to go towards Sultan. We have all been warned that the Pond Casse road to Canefield is also in a precarious state. So you have two of the roads to Roseau that could be impassable at any time. You have taken down the bridge which was the third option to get to Roseau. It is a real concern that the folks from the Carib territory, Castle Bruce, La Plaine, Boetica, Rosealea and Marigot could be totally cut off from getting to Roseau?? Also what terrible inconvenience to the farmers. This really has not been thought out properly at all.

  7. good news
    September 15, 2016

    I honestly hope and pray that the entire road network for the layou valley will be repaired. the farmers of that area have been struggling for a very long time. Although passing through Warner or even Pond Casse is not new to them the roads to that area need repairs as well.

    Thanks for considering that area because it is needed. Since Erika there is this area where water is constantly running in the road between a slide.

  8. Floridian Diaspora
    September 15, 2016

    So those farmers who have their gardens up on that side going to have nice bridge and bad road? Not today that road going up to Layou park need fixing and Dr. …. Skeritt and his administration chose to ignore it. I personally know of farmers who cannot access their land because of these bad roads that not even 4×4 trucks can contest. They say they care but they don’t. Dominica’s most beloved prominent king, the only prime minister with the ambition of raising poverty, astonishing unemployment figures, and handouts has officially turned Dominica into trailer trash because they cannot get their priorities right. In the meantime farmers from st. joe will have to pass all jimmit and come back to go on their farm? And when is that play park ramp next to the Layou Bridge getting fixed?

  9. Noregards
    September 15, 2016

    11mil for a bridge……I wonder how much one factory would cost……..regardlessss

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