This sub-project will entail civil works aimed at improved drainage, slope stabilization and the rehabilitation of roads and bridges on the East Coast of Dominica; four continuous sections of roads will be rehabilitated as follows: 

(i) Lot 1 - Pont Casse to Bois Diable (4.5 km); 

(ii) Lot 2 - Bois Diable to Castle Bruce (9.5 km); 

(iii) Lot 3 - Castle Bruce to Petite Soufrière (8.8 km); and 

(iv) Lot 4 - Castle Bruce to Hatton Garden (20.5 km), for a total of 43.3 km.

The Project Coordination Unit (PCU) has commenced the procurement process for the selection of a suitable firm to undertake design services for the project.  The detailed designs are expected to take a period of 6 - 8 months.  Following the passage of Tropical Storm Erika in August 2015, the PCU in collaboration with the World Bank and the Ministry of Public Works carried out a re-assessment of the scope of works.  Some of the conclusions drawn indicated that at least five (5) bridges needed replacement and extensive slope stabilization will be necessary.

With respect to Lot 4 (Castle Bruce to Hatton Garden) which passes through the Kalinago Territory, the World Bank's Social Safeguardswas implemented.  The Indigenous Peoples Plan was developed to ensure that the interests and concerns of the Kalinago People are addressed prior to and during project implementation.  To this end, the PCU will be implementing a Food Preparation Training Course which will be embarked in two (2) phases: Level 1 and Level 2.  Level 1 is expected to run from February - April 2016; and Level 2 will follow from May - June 2017.  The Course will be certified by the University of West Indies upon completion.

Additionally, the PCU completed a Social Impact Assessment on the project area in order to identify any impacts on the communities during project implementation.  This assessment also provided the opportunity to inform residents about the project and to identify any concerns which may arise as during implementation.  The PCU will continue to provide updates on critical tasks under this sub-project as implementation advances.