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Tuesday,  December 1, 2009  Communications and Works Minister, Honourable Guy Joseph, says the fact finding missions of his ministry have already resulted in major improvements in some areas.


Minister Joseph says several dilapidated roads in the district of Soufriere, which were identified as roads in need of priority assistance, are presently being addressed to bring relief to the residents—particularly the farmers.


He says the Derash Road in Fond St. Jacques, is one such road where remedial works are ongoing.


“When I did the tour with the MP for Soufriere and we went to Derash to assess the conditions of the roads, I did indicate to the farmers that we would bring them some relief and we have started work on the Derash road. The farmers are very happy with the extent of work thus far. We have done the de-bushing and we have also graded the road. We are also casting two strips of concrete so that the farmers can access their farms,” Joseph said.


Minister Joseph is also assuring that several other needs which were identified during the fact finding mission to Soufriere earlier this year, will be addressed based on priority.


“We have started work on the Esperance Road. We have done the drainage and through our internal unit at the ministry of communications and works we have brought some relief. I want to assure the people that we are in the process of addressing the major concerns which is to surface the roads.”


Minister Joseph says his ministry has already began consultancy for the construction of a two-lane bridge into the Soufriere Town to provide more accessibility and a better flow of traffic.


He says it is government's intention to have the bridge completed before the start of the next budgetary cycle.

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