Ministry of Public Works warns of danger on road in Sylvania

Section of the roadway. Photo credit: Dr. Lennox Honychurch
Section of the roadway. Photo credit: Dr. Lennox Honychurch

The Ministry of Public Works and Ports is advising the public to exercise extreme caution in Sylvania due to a landslide along the road.

The Ministry is currently attending to it as a matter of urgency.

On Wednesday, September 07, 2016, the Ministry of Public Works and Ports was made aware of the landslide along the Dr. Nicholas Liverpool Highway in Sylvania. The Ministry recognizes the danger that such a landslide poses to the general public, both motorists and pedestrians.

Since the matter was brought to the attention of the Ministry, protective barriers have been erected and other cautionary measures have been taken in an effort to safeguard members of the public.

In addition, officials from the Ministry of Public Works and Ports, including the Honourable Minister, Senator Miriam Blanchard, engineers and surveyors, will visit the site again on Friday morning—September 09, 2016—for further assessment of the area and necessary action.

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38 Comments

  1. JUSTICE
    September 10, 2016

    Given the topography and nature of the island, these things can and may happen. None of us have control over the forces of nature, but the spirit world through the forces of nature can mete out judgment unto the island depending on the evil deeds of the people and leaders. Some of the reasons for erosions and destruction of the infrastructure by sometimes minimal force of nature, is because of poor planning and construction of the infrastructure by political interference of those who holds office by any means! They are only concerned about remaining in power, therefore implementing mediocre infrastructure! The people needs to hold these rogues accountable and responsible! Then again, this is the land of the blind and dumb,…………….!

    • Anom
      September 13, 2016

      No, part of what u said is true, but on the contrary you all are basically not organized enuff to win an election ant take over the running of this island. You would probably drop support for China in favor of Tiwan and be still poor and broke, sell Dowasco as you did Domlec and the same dum people have seen you all make mistake after mistake so they are not electing you back into office. You all just want to be the ones handling the purse, It’s not enuff to just Change the handlers of the purse.

    • forreal
      September 14, 2016

      when Sylvania bypass was cut and constructed skerrit was not in power,,i was a little boy back then when penrice a bulldozer operator at public works cut that road,so where does our present government come in that??

  2. weypapa/mama
    September 10, 2016

    Is this a two way street, or a one way? Looks like both ways. One will drive where it\’s sinking; and the other driver will drive where it will soon sink. :lol:

  3. Big Bannan
    September 10, 2016

    DNO you’re that’s journalism in the making. Very nice picture. We need pictures like this of Rapists, Child Molesters, and Drug dealers. Thank you

  4. weypapa/mama
    September 9, 2016

    They should lif op de rode and put it up higher. A lota salt to suck.

  5. josh shaw
    September 9, 2016

    only now these clowns or puppets have no idea

  6. Faceup
    September 9, 2016

    Dominica puts bamboo barriers to stop you and your vehicle from going thousand of feet down the precipice .

  7. Cassy
    September 9, 2016

    My take: Despite Erika came and created more disturbance to the land….

    The engineer and persons who drew the plans and approved the rehabilitation of the Canefield to Pond Casse road should have a conscience. They either smiling or living with regrets!!!!shame

    In these modern times, being mindful of climate change, new technology and the availabilty of advisors(soil, land (environmental engineers). One man draw a lazy plan over the same original twisty windy road. Another ……………..and away from the valleys in certain areas…Here we go today.

    Heavy rain…road slip off……big talk. what’s going to happen. Four painted tins!! For how long????

    So what about the alternate route….Campbell to Despor road via Mahaut.

    I’m asking the Minister for Communications and Works….please investigate and ask the parl rep…why not????

    Hope we don’t get so much rain because getting to Roseau will be ….

  8. Roseau River
    September 9, 2016

    Guess the passport sales budget will need to increase significantly in order to cover the cost of all the infrastructure repairs.

  9. Wil
    September 9, 2016

    I hope that the area far beyond the the crack is blocked off. I would direct load trucks away from this area, and give advanced notice to motorists, prior to getting to the site. Because of Dominica’s terrain and rainfalls, suck landslides are very difficult to prevent. But there area means and methods that can be used to mitigate such occurrences. Furthermore, a fix is very expensive. Unfortunately, Dominica does not have the resources to adequately address the solution or stabilization of these landslides.

  10. Promises galore
    September 9, 2016

    The Road along NewFound Land area towards the South East is also in a dangerous state. The road has narrowed, the rocks are overhanging and there is a drop of more than 30 feet into the river. Please do something about this too Ms. Minister. If Petter St. Jean has not reported it to you; he must be using a chopper to commute . This is serious, and I think people’s safety is being ignored.

  11. forreal
    September 9, 2016

    well at least dNO you guys need to get your own pic, because no where in that pic shows a slide,,unless I forget what a slide looks like, all I am seeing is a crack in the section of the pavement,if that’s what a slide is nowadays, I am truly lost,guy standing around having a photo shut,while the rest looking down the hillside, I do not see how and where there is a threat, give us something more specific,i mean is the slide down there, is it underminning the road?give some different angle pic man so your readers can get a general idea

    • Anom
      September 13, 2016

      Slide to the right of the crack..>>

  12. A Doubting Thomas In Solidarity
    September 9, 2016

    Dear God: As you know roads collapse all over the world; sinkholes happen in First World Countries; so do Earthquakes, Hurricanes, Volcanic Eruptions, Tornadoes, Avalanches and Flash Floods to name a few.

    However, when I read of any such disasters happen on the island of Dominica, I get the impression that some Dominicans are happy something not good has happened in our Native Land that we can get some political mileage with it.

    Lord do we hate ourselves so much that the only happiness some of us get is when something bad happens, no matter what? When Lord did we become like that? Lord most of us are God fearing people on this land you have lent us for our time on earth You have given us.

    Lord guide the people who will be working on this section of the road, that no harm comes to them in this dangerous situation as they repair the road for the rest of us to use; Lord guide motorists safely on this stretch of the road as on all other parts of the island I pray, Amen.

    • STAR
      September 11, 2016

      i wonder who would dislike a prayer.. like seriously..

    • Me
      September 11, 2016

      You are right Thomas, however, there is such a thing as preventative maintenance and that is something sadly lacking in our country in most instances. We tend to be reactive rather than proactive.

  13. LifeandDeath
    September 9, 2016

    Dominicans must try and refrain from being negative about everything or ascribing political blame at every opportunity.
    It must be recognized that Dominica has a very difficult terrain and when building roads through a mountain, it can be reasonably anticipated that parts of some roads will be subjected to failure especially given the soil type in that particular area.
    There was quite a bit of money and hard work put into building this road under Emile Ghadarkhan. It was a major challenge and achievement of a great feat. I know certified and qualified engineers that say they would never take on the challenge of building roads in Dominica. Please Dominicans let us support development in the country and give credit where due.
    I hope that a viable solution can be implemented to restore the road and safeguard lives. One of my favorite roads to drive on in Dominica.

    • weypapa/mama
      September 9, 2016

      Africa is flat! So why can\’t we go back home? Why is it we have to constantly put up with mountains falling down and all these disasters? Africa is calling its Children home; Same as Israel is calling the Jews back to their homeland. Me aself is a-ready ready to back to Zambia the land of my ancestors.

  14. weypapa/mama
    September 9, 2016

    Dominica is sliding down under a slimy Odd-Mini-stration run by \”DR.\” Punjarah :lol: :lol: :lol:

    • Arte El Labore
      September 9, 2016

      Weypapa above ,you are stupid and mad as a broom stick, how does that fit with your profile? ???

  15. ????????
    September 9, 2016

    This area always has rockfalls and lots of water flowing on the rocks….Dominica needs to apply better management approaches and practices to the maintenance of the road network…TOOO much vi ki vi.. Water must get an outlet and if none is created the water will seep underground…A worst situation exists at ANTRIM……. We should establish relations with countries with similar rugged terrain..like Switzerland… rather than try to re-invent the wheel…..But our government doesn’t care…and our engineers think they are experts in everything and don’t consult anyone..What a shame…We are constantly at risk….Remember the Tourist season is coming up!!!

    • derp
      September 9, 2016

      I agree with you, they building roads without proper drains, some roads don’t even have drains, or some drains are useless like the one under the stretch near the gas stations at castle comfort, NONSENSE drains fulling up with water when it rains heavy, creating a hazard on the roads

      • Roseau River
        September 9, 2016

        Govt needs to pay folks to go out and clear drains on a regular basis? Call it NEP or whatever, this simply needs to be done on a regular basis for the betterment of the entire nation.

    • Roger Burnett
      September 9, 2016

      There are two underlying problems.

      First: overseas consultants engaged to plan projects often have limited understanding of local conditions.

      Second: the advice of more knowledgeable consultants then engaged to offer solutions to remedy the resulting problem(s) is ignored.

      Both the above apply to the ongoing situation at Antrim.

    • cathy
      September 10, 2016

      Itoo agree,we need expert advice, in accordance with our Topography,if you look at the coast from Salisbury to Coulibistrie as you drive even on sunny days the Terraceabove the road is allways dripping water,with all these rivers it’s normal , but we and not only the Govt: can find the neccessary ENGINEERS but we are so pluged in on politics and Mr Skerrit that we forget that the country is ours;DON4T ASK WHAT YOUR COUNTRY IS DOING FOR YOU ? BUT WHAT ARE YOU DOING FOR YOUR COUNTRY we have small ones coming up what are we leaving for them,POLITICS? OR POLITRICKS.

  16. weypapa/mama
    September 9, 2016

    De Chinese smart! They never guarantee their work. Nice surface bad foundation. :twisted:

    • LifeandDeath
      September 9, 2016

      Travel to Dominica please. Chinese did not build this road…

    • The Govt. One Man
      September 9, 2016

      It wasn’t the Chinese who built/rebuilt that road. It was Gadakan!!!

    • VICTOR JOSEPH
      September 9, 2016

      EARLIER I RESPONDED TO THIS COMMENT AND IT WAS NOT RECOGNISED BY DNO AND I WILL REPEAT THAT THE FACT THAT WEYPAPA/MAMA HAS A DONKEY BRAIN THAT MAY BE HE WAS BORN YESTERDAY OR DOES NOT LIVE IN DOMINICA OR IS JUST WICKED TO STATE THAT THE CHINESE BUILT THE SYLVANIA ROAD
      I WANT TO REITERATE THAT THIS ROAD IS NOT THE E.O.LEBLANC HIGH WAY

      Admin: Reader, we are posting this comment for the opportunity, once again, to remind you and others not to post entire comments in capital letters. These should be used, sparingly, if neccessary. This is highlighted in our comments policy.

  17. Shameless
    September 9, 2016

    It’s not today that area of the road like that but noooooooo the bridge over River Quay (Roseau) where there are three additional gateways is more important. You see, there is an old greek proverb; “Don’t come on the dance floor if you are not ready to dance” that pertains to Skerro and the ruling DLP. They are not ready to govern after 20 yrs in office but they are in government anyway. One day the people of Dca will awake and smell the darn coffee. We only learn to react after disasters strike…. 8)

    Always Assertive! :twisted: :twisted:

  18. my own
    September 9, 2016

    crumbling roads, left right and center, yet still were are building hotels left right and center. hmmmmmm…..seems like something is wrong with that equation.

  19. Anthony P. Ismael
    September 9, 2016

    Two were critically injured and five are in stable condition, following an accident in Sylvania as a portion of road collapsed yesterday evening. It is rather unfortunate, but his will be the next article on DNO about this portion of road. …………………………….

    • peace
      September 10, 2016

      I rebuke that.

  20. Anthony P. Ismael
    September 9, 2016

    By now a team of engineers should have evaluated this site and put forth plans to repair and stabilize this portion of road, because it is the main artery leading from the airport to the South of the Island. However, the next article on DNO will read as follows: Several persons were injured in this very section of road due to a major collapse. Unfortunately, travelers must either get injured or die, before action is taken.

    • Dominican National
      September 10, 2016

      This will NOT happen. May God’s protection be will all who travel this road. Amen.

    • Observer
      September 12, 2016

      These repair and design of such repair can’t happen overnight. Detailed is needed of the soil, groundwater conditions, and the geometry of the slope to develop a solution. The later is quite doable, but the others are not very easy. It will be based on local experience.

  21. Iamanidiot
    September 9, 2016

    Visit the site again on Friday? and do assessment? that’s not Amazon and ebay nuh hun where you can assess price of pretty shoes.
    That is if she own a pair of boots.

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