Rehabilitation works on one of the bridges facilitating entry into the Capital City has commenced.
The E. C. Loblack Bridge has been closed as a result of damage it sustained during the passage of Hurricane Maria in September 2017.
NSG Management and Technical Services Limited of Barbados, which constructed the new West Bridge and repaired the Dominica China Friendship Bridge, has been awarded the contract.
Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit announced in Parliament on 25 July 2018 that the E.C. Loblack Bridge will be rehabilitated to resist the effects of flooding caused by unusually heavy rainfall in the future.
He added that the bridge’s modification will incorporate the same features that made the West Bridge, which was opened last year, resilient to the floods, boulders and debris of the Roseau River during the passage of Hurricane Maria.
It is anticipated that the Capital City’s vulnerability to flooding will be reduced significantly by continuing with the construction of river walls from the E.C. Loblack Bridge to the Goodwill Link Road Bridge.
The Ministry of Public Works, Water Resource Management and Ports was allocated the largest share of the capital budget to the tune of $181.10 million or 41.4% and the Roseau Enhancement Project will be that ministry’s 2018/2019 its flagship project.
The Roseau Enhancement Project includes a comprehensive overhaul of the Capital City, to transform it into a climate-resilient, green, smart and modern city.
This enhancement project includes underground placement of utility lines, upgrading and resurfacing of Independence, Great George, and King George V Streets and sidewalks as well as adjoining side streets namely River Bank, Field’s Lane and Upper Lane.