UK consulting engineer Mott MacDonald is to provide the detailed design for a road rehabilitation project in the island of Dominica in the eastern Caribbean.
The £30m ($39m) project will repair the road between LoubiÃ¨re and Bagatelle, which was damaged by a storm in 2015. The work will include the construction of nine bridges, the rehabilitation of the pavement in landslide areas, safety improvements and upgrades to drainage.
A grant from the UK’s Department for International Development has been provided to Dominica through the Caribbean Development Bank.
Mott MacDonald will assess the condition of existing infrastructure such as bridges, pavements, drainage and earthworks, as well as providing the detailed design for all necessary civil and structural engineering works.
It will also undertake environmental and social impact assessments and prepare extreme weather, environmental and social management plans, as well as contract bidding documentation
Tom Hickson, Mott MacDonald’s project manager, said: "In addition to repairing damage caused by the tropical storm, these rehabilitation works will provide climate resilient infrastructure to support the economic and social development of the communities along the road network."
The project is due to be completed in 2019.
Image: Tropical Storm Erika (Wikimedia Commons/National Aeronautics and Space Administration, LANCE/EOSDIS Rapid Response)