The Disaster Vulnerability Reduction Project, DVRP, has entered yet another phase.
Tecnica & Proyestos, S.A (TYPSA) has been contracted for the pre-engineering and designs phase of the project on the East Coast Road.
The services of TYPSA, a company founded in Spain with representation in over forty countries will undertake the designs for 43.3 kilometers of road starting at Pond Casse Roundabout to Castle Bruce and Castle Bruce to Hatton Garden and Petite Soufriere respectively.
Medina Alfonso, Design Manager for TYPSA, who spoke at a kick-off meeting hosted by the Ministry of Health and Environment on Monday expressed his company’s gratefulness for being afforded the opportunity to do this project for the development of improvements and resilience to the road network of Dominica.
Due to TYPSA not having a permanent office on the island, they will be looking for subcontractors .
“We have a great respect of what you can teach us; the know how that you have for your project. We are not here for implementing engineering designs that has been used in other countries and maybe here it doesn’t work; we just going to adapt our work to the actual conditions and try to make proportions that may improve in some way what you already have,” he explained.
The second step will include a site visit which he said is very important to the success of the project.
Only then can the preliminary assessment be developed Medina said which will take two months from the beginning of the project.
He added that Hurricane Maria’s passage he said will also give them a good picture of the capacity of the roads to resist similar extreme events and what needs to be done to improve their resilience. A draft design report will follow the preliminary assessment.
The final step will include the final design report. In total Medina revealed, ten months will be needed for TYPSA to complete the pre-engineering and designs for the East Coast Road.