Construction of the new Yorke Valley Bridge, located in the Layou Valley, is said to be at an advanced stage and will be completed ahead of schedule, Member of Parliament for the St. Joseph Constituency, Kelvar Darroux has revealed.
Work commenced on the Bridge in September 2016 and is being executed in two phases; the demolition of the existing one-lane bridge and construction of a two-lane bridge.
Construction of the new Yorke Valley Bridge, which is estimated in excess of eleven million EC dollars, is being done through grant funding from the People’s Republic of China.
The Government of the People’s Republic of China made the commitment to provide funds to reconstruct the bridge after it was severely damaged following the collapse of the Mattieu Dam in July 2011.
“Work on that bridge is now progressing at an advanced stage, that is to say most of the major foundation works have been completed, and we anticipate that the project will be completed before the year that was given for the completion date,” Darroux told a press conference on Friday 6 January 2017.
Motorists travelling east of Yorke Valley are advised to use the Jimmit/Warner Road or the Canefield/Pond Casse Road.
As a result of this inconvenience to the Layou farmers, government is providing income support to them during construction of the new bridge.
We are also aware that at the ground breaking ceremony of that bridge the prime minister did indicate that the government of Dominica will be providing some income support to the
Darroux informed that government has presented the St. Joseph Village Council with a cheque of fifty-seven thousand dollars ($57, 000) to allow farmers of St Joseph and Layou to be given assistance of five hundred dollars each towards transportation cost incurred due to the ongoing construction of the bridge.
“We want to say thank you again to the People’s Republic of China for their tremendous assistance and the partnership with the government of Dominica on this very important project and once this project is completed we will see the beginning of the transformation of the entire Layou Valley area,” Darroux said.
The Parliamentary Representative also pledged commitment to providing assistance to farmers “in terms of both inputs for their farms as well as to do some remedial works on the roads within the Layou Valley area”.
“I have visited the roads myself and I know firsthand what the condition of the roads are, and I am committed to ensuring that we can do some restoration works on these roads to ensure that the famers within the Layou Valley area can have better access to their farms so this will be an ongoing process,” Darroux stated.