A road audit conducted on Dominica’s road network at the inception of the Dominica Labour Party Administration estimated that only twenty-five percent of Dominica’s three hundred and twenty kilometres of main road was in fair condition.
The Roosevelt Skerrit-led Administration developed a mandated sectoral plan to restore at least sixty percent of the island’s road network by the year 2015.
In an interview with GIS News on Monday, Hon. Rayburn Blackmoore, Minister for Public Works proudly stated that Government had surpassed its expectation and currently sixty-three percent of the island’s roads is in excellent condition.
Main roads such as the West Coast Road, the Airport Road, the Valley Road and the Pointe-Mitchel to Scottshead Road have undergone total rehabilitation.
At present, more road rehabilitation projects on secondary roads are ongoing island-wide.
“As I speak with you, we have put in place the estimates and we have gotten approval for a number of our roads. These will also include proper drains and sidewalks and we want to draw from the talent within the communities.”
Roads like the Champagne area leading to Soufriere, and Scotts Head, the Copthall, Fond Canie, lower Beau Bois, Fortune, Giraudel and Gommier roads that were damaged by the recent floods will also be given attention.
Farm access is also a major priority for the current administration.
Hon. Blackmoore revealed that in addition to two point seven million dollars invested by Government on feeder roads, an additional injection of funds will rehabilitate seventy-two kilometres of farm roads under the Bam project.
The streets leading in and out of Roseau will also be given the attention needed to give a facelift to the city.
“The city of Roseau now is something that has to be at rest once and for all. So we are going to start addressing the two main roads entering and leaving Roseau from Independence street at the EC LoBlack bridge going all the way back to the intersection of Bath Road and we will ensure that we will have proper sidewalks, drainage and surface. The same will be done to the road leaving Roseau.”