UK firm awarded Dominica road rehabilitation contract

UK firm awarded Dominica road rehabilitation contract

By TDN Wire Staff

August 15, 2017 3:19 P.M

bagatelle road
A stretch of Dominica road.
Roseau, Dominica (TDN) More than one year after receiving a grant from the government of the United Kingdom to conduct a feasibility study for road rehabilitation the Dominica government has selected a road contractor.

Mott MacDonald a British based company has officially been awarded the contract to conduct the study. It will as part of the project assess the condition of the Loubiere to Bagatelle road including some nine bridges, drainage and other related infrastructure. The company will also provide the detailed design for all necessary civil and structural engineering works and will also consider, among other things, rock fall protection systems, and slope stabilization..

Last July Dominica along with Antigua became the first two Caribbean countries to benefit under that special grant funding program initiated by the UK government referred to as the United Kingdom Caribbean Infrastructure Partnership Fund (UKCIF), Dominica received a total of EC $2.6 million while Antigua secured EC $621 000. The funds are being channeled through the Caribbean Development Bank.

Dominica’s road network was severely damaged by Tropical storm Erica in August 2015 and two years later visible signs of the destruction can be seen throughout the island. Roads are severely eroded, and in several locations two lane roads have been reduced to single lanes after wide spread erosion.

The United Kingdom Caribbean Infrastructure Partnership Fund became operational last year, and provides grant financing to eight Caribbean countries eligible for Overseas Development Assistance, and the UK Overseas Territory, of Montserrat.

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