Public Works Minister, Ian Pinard has revealed that the government is currently reviewing a section of the Marigot to Londonderry road in Melville Hall to ease the problem for those plying that route.
The situation is that the sea has been breaching the seawall in the area for quite some time and the situation has worsened since the passage of Tropical Storm Erika. The situation has gotten so bad that on many occasions bus drivers have refused to use the road saying the area pose a threat to commuters and vehicles alike.
But Pinard told Dominica News Online on Monday that the matter is being addressed and plans are in place to construct a drain in the area to prevent the sea water from reaching the road.
“We are aware of the situation with the sea overtopping the wall coming on the road and right now we are reviewing in terms of the road from Marigot to Londonderry, with a review to angle the road, so as soon as the water hits over the wall and comes on the road that the water will go directly to the drains,” he said.
According to Pinard, this is being discussed with contractor, Emile Gaddarkhan et Fils Ltd, a French construction company.
“We are now discussing it with Gaddarkhan in terms of angling the road so that it (the sea water) goes to the drain, widening the drain so that the water wouldn’t stay on the road,” Pinard explained. “When the buses are passing they wouldn’t able to drive in a pool of water.”
Furthermore, he stated that the installation of wave breakers is also being considered.
“We are also looking at the wave breakers and we have an estimate there for over $25-million in terms of wave breakers but since Tropical Storm Erika it has actually worsened,” he noted. “We now have to look at the situation again, review it and access it and see exactly how we can work with it, so we are now putting that in place so we can have a design as to how we install the wave breakers.”
He indicated also that $1-million have already been budgeted in the financially year for the area, “so we will be using some of that money in terms of putting some sort of design to actually get that thing done.
“But in the interim we will be angling the road and also making the drain bigger so that as soon as the water comes on the road it will go in the drain,” Pinard said.