The Dominica government has announced a EC$120 million (KY$37m) road rehabilitation programme along the east coast of the island. This ties in nicely with plans to build an international airport as the increased tourism will necessitate an upgrade of its road infrastructure.
Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit said that the project, which will include the Emerald Pool, the most popular and accessible volcanic black sand beach, and the Kalinago Territory, comprising eight villages where the island’s indigenous people reside, is among major initiatives to be undertaken by his administration in 2021.
He said the redesigns for another major road project in the south of the island are being undertaken and the feasibility studies and preliminary designs for the road in the north of the island have already started.
Skerrit said that the road rehabilitation project is expected to be complemented by the development of the cargo and cruise ports. He said: “We are in the process of upgrading our health facilities across the island. We have built and renovated various primary health care facilities. Phase two of the China-Friendship Hospital will be handed over this month and a new Marigot Hospital will be completed by mid-next year.”
He also said that his government has embarked on a project that will further upgrade the digital sector.