Better road maintenance to be addressed in draft road policy

PM Skerrit waves to someone in the crowd at today's ceremony as Chinese Ambassador Deng Boqing looks on. Photo taken by Hermisha Rolle/Staff Reporter

A new draft road policy which will contain recommendations for road maintenance matters will come up soon at Cabinet according to Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit.

In his address at the  ground breaking ceremony for the Roseau to Portsmouth Road Rehabilitation Project this morning, Skerrit said that the draft policy is intended to aid in better road maintenance efficiency.

“The use and durability of our improved road network will be determined by the importance that all of us – government and road users alike, attach to road maintenance. In that regard, the cabinet in a not too distant future will pronounce on a draft road policy that has been prepared. The policy should contain recommendations on the key issues of maintenance and or it’s financing,” the prime minister said.

He stated that more details would be disclosed about this policy in the future.

Today, work commenced on a $100 million road rehabilitation project to benefit Roseau to Portsmouth. This was funded by the People’s Republic of China.

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  1. ouboutou
    March 2, 2010

    please correct your name,,,spell it right…put another O in the place of the EY.

    You are just a prime reason Dominica is in such a backward state.

    Why can’t you give your 2cents view/opinion instead of criticizing others?

  2. Homey
    March 1, 2010

    ouboutou, pay choow

  3. Dubiqois
    March 1, 2010


    I support the program and its impending benefits to Dominica. However, many of the commentaries on DNO are based on speculation, because we do not even know the full extent of the project and exactly what it entails. In effect, we are going back and forth with each other over a web portal writing about the whats, whos, whens, hows, etc, etc. We are even degrading our fellow Dominicans, because of their conviction and alternate point-of-view. Ca nous ka faire, mes amis? Don’t you think that there should have been a degree of transparency? This is not a covert project. Why are we getting information in dribs and drabs? We have to understand that we can support something, but if the thing is being rolled out poorly, and information is not being desseminated properly to citizens, we have the right to say so without the fear of reprisal from someone else.

    Let us not run like horses with blinders on. There is nothing wrong with knowing. This is not a gift (when conditions are predetermined). It is a grant. Both parties must know the terms of a grant.

  4. 'Iron' Mike Tyson
    February 28, 2010

    Can someone please tell me why no attempt is being made to move the road which runs under the Tareau cliff inland? I always fear driving under that cliff on my visits home because rubble is always falling in that area. This is quite dangerous but nobody seems to care!!

  5. ouboutou
    February 28, 2010

    “Today, work commenced on a $100 million road rehabilitation project to benefit Roseau to Portsmouth. This was funded by the People’s Republic of China.”

    Yet all you want night landing,,all you want stay over night tourist…..

    Any news about the improvement of the Roseau to Melville Hall Airport road?

    We are just a set of backward people, continuing to put round pegs in square holes.

    I am still wondering what China is getting in return for funding all these projects……or has already gotten..

    God bless us

  6. Richard Prior
    February 27, 2010

    The government should impliment tolls on the west coast road. The revenue generated should help maintain and manage the west coast roadway.

  7. steve
    February 27, 2010

    well done pm

  8. February 27, 2010

    God blessed Dominica,God blessed our Prime Minister.I’m proud of my country also my Prime Minister.

  9. stackz
    February 27, 2010

    Truckers u an @#s

  10. inka
    February 26, 2010

    hope the students in china gets some attention too

  11. Way Out There
    February 26, 2010

    Like many have said….Thanks for the upcoming road, but I believe Govt should have done something or find some way to involve local business. In the end we all benefit, but these guys are not asking for handouts and are willing to work for a fair days pay. I think Govt could have done more to ensure more of the money gets into the local economy. Many praises to the Govt for once again moving another big project forward (less talk more action).

    PS……no speed bumps pls. and a dedicated lane for heavy equipment and/or commercial vehicles to prevent premature road destruction.

  12. Zarzee
    February 26, 2010

    Truckers the kind of money u,ll probably make on that project alone should be able to pay ur road tax for years to come.By the way that is if u not a

  13. Mac-Arthur Haughton
    February 26, 2010

    Thank you to the Peoples Republic of China and the people of China.

    The road is long, with many a winding turn, that leads us to who knows where, who knows when?

    When the government assigns the maintenance jobs for this road, they should pay workers a bonus after a year, for sections of the road that do not develop pot holes, that way workers would more likely do a good job the first time.

  14. Big Up
    February 26, 2010

    Bondier, my PM making me proud wi papa.
    God bless you my son. I will always pray for you.
    My family and I will ask God to brighten your path always.

  15. Truckers
    February 26, 2010

    more taxes in our @#$

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