Recommencement of phase two of the Rosalie to Petite Soufriere road resumed on March 28, 2011 and is on-going.
The construction of the $25-million new road is a grant funded project and covers 4.16 kilometers of road work.
Officials from the Ministry of Public Works sat with GIS on Wednesday to discuss updates on the construction of this road.
Ericson Lewis, Senior Engineer in the Ministry of Public Works said that excavation and drainage work are part of phase two.
“We have received $US 1-million for continuation of works on this project and have engaged a Venezuelan company, Inversiones JJ, LLC, to undertake these works. We will be undertaking works from both ends. There will be some drainage works to be done on the Rosalie end and following that, within two weeks, we will shift all of the resources to the Petite Soufriere end. So, we expect to see quite a lot of excavation works taking place on the Petite Soufriere end. We intend to excavate close to 1.1 kilometer of road,” he said.
Lewis said that currently only a track exists and once the road is complete many benefits are expected to be derived as a result of the construction of this new road.
“The road is one of the missing links along the eastern zone of Dominica. Once that is done, we can almost say that the road network will be continuous right through the island. Of course, there are advantages for tourism development, housing, agriculture and joining the community of Petite Soufriere will be a tremendous improvement in our road network,” Lewis pointed out.
He continued, “Given the nature of the landscape from Pond Cassé going back to Rosalie, you have some tall cliffs. If there were any slides, that road would act as a possible diversion. Right now if there are any slides along that road, one would have to use the Petite Savanne/Grand Bay link road. Therefore there are numerous advantages of constructing this road and it is going to be a pretty piece of infrastructure when it is completed.”
Project Engineer, Adam St. Ville said that the communities of Rosalie and Petite Soufriere should benefit tremendously from this link road.
“As we can see, the distance from Rosalie to Petite Soufriere via the new road will be only be 4.16 kilometers, whereas, if we have to pass via Castle Bruce it is between 20 to 30 kilometers. Some of the benefits: as we know that area is a fishing community and persons from the south east; La Plaine down to Grand Fond can benefit. They can easily pass through that road to get access to fish and so on,” he said.