Public Works Ministry closes road in Belles

A section of the road in the area
A section of the road in the area

Rainfall over the past 24 hours in the Belles area has significantly affected the roadway.

Motorists and residents have reported that the area poses extreme danger as the sections are sinking and a landslide left debris strewn along the Dr. Nicholas Liverpool Highway.

In that regard, the Ministry of Public Works and Ports wishes to advise the general public of the closure of the road in the vicinity of the primary school of the Belles area with immediate effect.

Local access will be permitted only as far as the school, therefore, all traffic intending to go beyond Belles – especially traffic going to or coming from the Douglas-Charles Airport should access the Portsmouth route or the Pont Casse on to Castle Bruce and through the Kalinago Territory route.

Safety and direction signs, signals and barriers will be erected for the public’s safety. Please refrain from defacing, destroying, removing or tampering with these signs.

Please be guided accordingly.

The Ministry apologizes for any inconvenience caused.


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  1. One of the priorities that must be mandatory is proper drainage of water run-off. If one look closely the only drainage we see on one side of the road is a drain, or gutter whichever one prefers to term it, about seven inches deep. within an hour of rain fall it becomes flooded with water.

    In a place like Dominica in such areas where it rains everyday the ground becomes saturated with water, hence landslides must occur. I see no practical engineering skills in the way most roads are built in Dominica where it pertains to water runoff.

    Installing some PVC conduit in the soil under the asphalt in certain areas could help to drain the water before it saturate the soil resulting in what we see in the photograph. It is one thing to say we build a completely flat road; which is seldom found anywhere. When roads are built the center must rise a bit and both outside should slant somewhat to allow proper runoff with proper drainage.

    If one drive across America, and Canada, that is…

  2. Older Man
    November 12, 2016

    Quite unfortunate, easy to see. But couple of things make me think what is going on here.
    That whole part of the road near Belles has been seriously damaged since erika, and nothing have been done for over a year except for putting some yellow tape. So, no surprise that it deteriorated with further rains. I bet more road will collapse around there with any more rains – and yes – it rains here, so perhaps it should be addressed sooner to minimize damage (and cost of fix). It should be just common sense.

    And, in this story Ministry just tells the road is closed. It is our main airport road, quite important connection, actually. But there is NO SINGLE WORD how and when road will be fixed, and how long should it take. Just basic estimate of the task ahead – it would be a most basic information for the public when a main road is closed. And yet – this part of info is simply not present at all. Please DNO, follow up and squeeze some more details in this regard for all of us.

    • November 16, 2016

      Increase taxes, sell more passports and reduce the salary of ministers and Parliamentarians by 50% to pay for this project. I guess that’s the cost of living in Ilse of beauty and splendor. We will soon have to travel by boat and helicopter.

  3. Anthony ismael
    November 11, 2016

    Ii think a jumbie eating up that road.

  4. Danger Zone
    November 11, 2016

    This section of the Liverpool Roadway was previously compromised and has
    been a potential disaster waiting to happen. However, the recent road rehabilitation project did some cosmetic work on that unstable section of the road but no concerted effort was done to resolve the ongoing land slippage and to put in place a long term solution.

  5. curious cat
    November 11, 2016

    “Wet area my foot” I guess the west coat was built on tree logs too, because everytime it rains a piece of road washes away or breaks off!!!!

  6. Tjebe fort
    November 11, 2016

    Didn’t I#### tell you only yesterday? If I can not fly from Canefield I will take the ferry to Martinique and safe myself an expensive and long taxi ride to Melville Hall at the same time.
    Going to Matinique by ferry is safer than take a transport from Roseau to Melville Hall and does not take much longer for roughly the same cost.

  7. Not a herd follower
    November 11, 2016

    Wasn’t that road recently rehabilitated/upgraded as part of the Canefield-Melville Hall road project?

  8. Emmanuel Menerville
    November 11, 2016

    Okay.great info

  9. Malatete
    November 11, 2016

    If anything this demonstrates that we can not afford to do away with Canefield airport for the foreseeable future. In fact I would look at expanding services there and even contemplate installing runway lights to facilitate take-offs & landings after dark. With the proper navigational aids this can be done.

    • That is a very foolish idea, since that Airport is one of the worst fond anywhere on the planet!

      That the runway of the airport is running from South to North, with the sea to the west, that produces a considerable amount of Wind-share which can cause disasters, “crashes” on landing and take off! That is one of the reasons not even LIAT or any aircraft carrying more than six land there.

      If you believe in this century, money should be spent on a place like rather than concentrating on a International Airport then you deserve to be living in such a backward place, because you seem not to have any ambition to seek better, nor any modern development in the country!

      So, my question to you is simply this “where is your hope and ambition?”

      • November 16, 2016

        Mr, Dodds, check your information, canefield is far from being the worse airport on the planet. For that title the airport in St. Martin and St Barth is way ahead. Non of the airport’s in Dominica make the list of the most dangerous airport so stop with your know all negative attitude.

  10. john doe
    November 11, 2016

    finally some passports money shall finally be spent on us the population

    • indira Ghandi
      November 11, 2016

      But who are the engineers building our roads nuh?
      It is time that true engi eers be given the responsibility to construct roads in de country.
      Too many times i have observed people who know nothing about building roads or drains are given t he jobs j u st because they voti g red.
      That will continue to happen as lo g as the crookedness continues

  11. RAS B
    November 11, 2016

    This seems like a recurring theme, Are we not learning? What a tremendous loss, The surfaces seem sufficiently attractive but any rain leads to the disappearance of the road. What has become of our planning and the input of our structural engineers? Oh Dominica may the Lord shine his grace on thee!!!

    • Jon Jones
      November 12, 2016

      I do wonder the same.

      Is the rainfall in Dominica more powerful than anywhere else?
      Cant roads be built to survive a bit of rain? How do neighbouring islands cope?
      Are we being expolited by poor construction?
      Are there deficits in the planning, expertise, materials to make this a recurring theme?

      Can we not build roads ourselves? I am sure we can so why dont we create our own employment and opportunities.
      Why do we always need to rely on outsiders to do things for us? As a nation we talk big but act like infants so that is why the exploitation continues.

      Until we learn self reliance to some degree and are prepared to develop our own environment ourselves, development of this island will be in retrograde.

  12. November 10, 2016

    Boss DA is like Iraq during the days of Sadam Hussain, when the US was attacking the dictator and the US would bomb bridges. That’s what it looks like in DA. Is like somebody is attacking the very corrupt leader in every angle until he is found. Check it out and see if we not under attack. Skerro built coffee plant and 5 years later it still cannot open . He built Moroccan hotel and it there watching us as though it has zumbi as it can’t open. He built abattoi and it can’t open. Built airport and even sun destroying it let alone rain. Built west coast highway and that is a disaster by itself. He built bells road and it can’t take awater. Open ur eyes guys, can you not see is fruits of a curse man? I mean I have never seen such things in Dominica. I mean under his watch an entire village disappointed!!! Can you all not see? Can u all not read signs? Boy we under a massive soell, and unless we give him his matching orders, he will build but what he built will be broken…

    • indira Ghandi
      November 11, 2016

      Yes. Support your view

    • Tell the Truth
      November 12, 2016

      One day you will be punished for your words.

  13. November 10, 2016

    In life is either a blessing or a curse. Most times we hear people say “I bless” or, “who God bless no man curse.” Sounds very spiritual right? But have we ever thought of the reverse? Based on what I see in Dominica these days I often have to wonder if we are under a curse (especially as it pertains to Skerrit’s legacy). The man built a China road and called it EO LeBlanc highway and less than 3 years later it was reduced to total embarrassment as Erika took the 3 main bridges and gave the road a pounding that makes it very dangerous. He went to Melville hall and dumped money on airport in the name of night landing, and again it’s a disaster that Rosie and Piero upset about. He went to Bells and built his road and called it highway, and again it’s another disaster. If it were an individual suffering such loss all would say “He curse”. So what say u about Skerrit legacy? I mean the Melville /possie road was built in the 80’s and still strong. Y Skerrit work always…

    • Tell the Truth
      November 12, 2016

      You can get a curse, put one on yourself, for falsely judging others. Never judge what you do not know and have not seen.
      God does not judge by hearsay and not from you.
      The Lord told us: “Do not judge that we may be judged ourselves and two-fold.” This is one of the wrongs committed in Dominica.
      Look to yourself for the sins you committed which could have placed a cursed on Dominica..

  14. Tell the Truth
    November 10, 2016

    Obey directives, road regulations and safety.

  15. Tell the Truth
    November 10, 2016

    This is the problem with consistent rain. As fast as roads are constructed, the rain falls and washes some of them away.
    D/ca is known for a lot of rain. This is why it has so many rivers. For instance, some places as Antigua get very little rain. This is why it is drive and the water is not tasty and probably not healthy unless the government has improved it. On more than one occasion, I have spent time there and I could only bath and brush my teeth with it. I dared not swallow the water. Imagine that. They collect rain water. Maybe it is different.
    In order to build roads in D/ca especially where there were no roads, it is necessary to cut through the forests. These forests get a lot of rain. Consider how D/ca is mountainous.
    Therefore, folks those who love to criticize and the road-building and who built it, think twice. They have done their best.
    Let us hope the road can be repaired in time.
    God bless Dominica and nationals and keep everyone safe.

    • The Thinker
      November 11, 2016

      The quality of this road building is open to question.How many million has been spent on THIS road and the first heavy rains destroy.This is not the first section affected.Many other islands are rainy and offer the same. Problems but we just allow blatant misrepresentation to carry on.

    • Me
      November 11, 2016

      You are nothing but a prattler lady of no significance. You must have an empty life, poor you.

      • Tell the Truth
        November 12, 2016

        Those who stand up for what is right and defend right are not appreciated. You are out of place. Who the hell are you? I am much more than you are and more educated. If I knew you I would not be your friend. I do not need you as one.
        You are an uneducated nincompoop, a hater who love to spew hatred and cannot mind your business. Envy is the devil’s occupation. It will get you nowhere.
        The Lord is taking note. You will not escape from His just wrath. Continue with your satanic words as influenced by the devil himself.
        God detests your words, attacking another and on this Website, who has done you no wrong. It tells the type of person you are.
        I imagine what you are like in your personal life, a miserable SOB. I would not want to meet you, see you, be near you, mingle with you, associate with you nor talk to you. Ignorant as you are, when you harm others, also in words you doubly harm yourself. Fool! :twisted: :mrgreen: :twisted: :mrgreen:

      • Tell the Truth
        November 12, 2016

        I will always support what is right. What is wrong, as yourself and your words, I will vehemently condemn.
        I am quite capable of defending myself. You are not one who accord others their due right, dignity, freedom and freedom of speech. Your action is one of being a child of Satan.
        God does not talk like that. He detests your words. You deny yourself His blessing and graces. Keep it up. You are building up heaping burning coals on your head. I feel sorry for you and as you age, to eternity.
        This is the only time I will respond to you, when you attack me. You asked for it, Satan. :twisted: :mrgreen: :twisted: :mrgreen: :twisted: :mrgreen: :twisted: :mrgreen: :twisted: :twisted: :mrgreen:

    • November 11, 2016

      when one is dealing with jombie, the jombie will give you what you want but he will come back for his pay.I think the jombie is taking his payment on DA

    • Tell the Truth
      November 12, 2016

      “dry”. I did not type “drive.” I do my utmost to read thoroughly, over and over again. One word can change the sense/paragraph of the sentence and its meaning.
      This system is not perfect. It changes words. I have noticed this and previously stated it more than once. I often wonder if there are spies while I type. Some words can change quickly without my noticing them.

    • Poor fool; I am going to make a fool out of you again by asking you, “which came first the chicken or the egg?” So let me phrase this another way; which came first the rain or the rivers?

      You pretend to be so smart you indulge in talking fart and not knowing you are farting nonsense from your mouth. I am going to teach you a lesson which your Roman Catholic pope, and priest has not taught you.

      In Genesis in the Bible we read where it did not rain, God watered the earth by allowing a mists to come up out of the ground, so that proves to me that there was water before it rain. Now learn this; the reason there are so many rivers in Dominica, is due to the amount of artesian wells under the ground inDominica!

      And don’t even try to open your big mouth to refute that or try to contradict, me unless you have a masters, or Ph.D. degree in the dispelling Physical Geography: A Portrait Of The Planet simply shut up since people like you never sat in a college or university, you are…

    • “For instance, some places as Antigua get very little rain. This is why it is drive and the water is not tasty and probably not healthy unless the government has improved it. ”

      You do not even know what the heck you are talking about!

      How come Dominica have so many rivers because you said it rain plenty in Dominica. How come Antigua where it does not rain, bottled water caught in dams, in Antigua putrefied with all that chlorine are sold in Dominica?

      I say that with my two very eyes!

      Shouldn’t it be the other way around where Dominica river, and spring water which taste better, and according to you is healthy in comparison to Antigua water should be sold in Antigua? You need to shut your mouth, if you have nothing to say except when you want to lie, just shut up!

      I lived in Antigua most of my adolescent years, and never heard of one single person getting sick from the water. When I went home to my father funeral, I drank the river water a Londonderry when I went…

    • Continue Reading Mother of all lies!


      I lived in Antigua most of my adolescent years, and never heard of one single person getting sick from the water. When I went home to my father funeral, I drank the river water a Londonderry when I went for a river bath, by the time I got to Puerto Rico my entire body was covered with rash. By the time I got back to Los Angeles, I went from the LAX to the hospital!

      How about that, lady Facts, Kid On Block Tell the Truth liar

  16. Bumbble Lee
    November 10, 2016

    De land is tired of all de madness wat goin onn.

  17. Shameless
    November 10, 2016

    Now the picture above shows a section of the roadway that collapsed. I am not a civil engineer but I dare say this is extremely poor quality for the area (Very rainy). Is that not the same road we gave Gadakan et Fils boecoup money to a few years back to bring up to speed? Cmmmmmmmm! Looks like they also learnt a few things in giving CHEAP road for the amount of money we spent. But, this is Dominica and anything goes especially under this failed administration. All a contractor has to do is shout \”kick back is guaranteed\” and whalah! :twisted:

    Always Assertive! :twisted:

    • forreal
      November 11, 2016

      you have no idea of what you talking about and that is so sad, I worked on that same roadway years ago under the Eugenia Charles administration,the work was done by nello & teer American stateside company they had an engineering and consultant firm named louise berger, they rehabilitated the road from roseau to hatten garden, eugenia even narrowed the roadway,that roadway has a history stretching before your time and grandparents,the section which is known as dia bunche was built on tree logs to bridge that gap,you young puppies does tickle me,there is reason why belles is called wet area…what is wrong with you all people,politics is so rammed down you all throats,that you all can only spill crap with no substance

      • Dominican
        November 11, 2016

        I remember that too but I also recall that the roadway was narrowed because we did not have a spreader wide enough. Anyway, this refurbished road was supposed to be an improvement and in many ways it is but all that counts for nothing if it does not take you to the place it was intended to go. The old proverb applies, a cahin is only as strong as its weakest link.

      • Shameless
        November 11, 2016

        Ok Blame Mamo :-D :-D . Now let me tell you a like secret; I am fully aware of all the areas in the Belles, Pence, Gleau-gommier area that were built on logs. I can actually bring the minister and his puppets to those locations free of charge. :twisted: :twisted:

        That particular shown in the pic is NOT in these areas. I also worked on the road during Nelloteer days so do come so papie. Gadakhan just reburshed the road and you can see every layer and the materials used including the thickness and type of material. Poor quality work PERIOD! Wheel and come again!

        Always Assertive!

    • Tell the Truth
      November 12, 2016

      Some parents failed their children. They did not project good examples, causing them to grow up in the same manner which they project to others. Then, they project as if they know how to run the country and how best to run it. Food for thought.

  18. Anonymous
    November 10, 2016

    Thanks DNO

    • Tell the Truth
      November 12, 2016

      Be honest. It is a godly virtue. We love DNO, don’t we? :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:
      Give compliments where they are due. Was it last year DNO won an award. I expect the same either this year or next year.

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