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Green light for safer roads in Dominica

21 June 2017

Dominica has become the latest Caribbean country to undertake an iRAP assessment.

Around 200km of roads – the entire main road network – will be assessed by the end of the year with funding coming from the UK Caribbean Infrastructure Partnership Fund which is financed by the UK’s Department for International Development. According to the World Health Organisation’s Global Report on Road Safety 2015, the Commonwealth of Dominica experienced a 120 per cent increase in road fatalities between 2009- 2013.

The project was officially launched at Dominica’s Ministry of Finance on 25 April by the island’s Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Public Works and Ports, Denise Edwards.

Ms Edwards said: ‘Many of the fatalities and serious injuries on our roads are preventable. The Government will consider the assessment’s findings and they will guide the prioritisation of road projects to yield the greatest impact on road safety. ‘

Julio Urzua, iRAP’s Regional Director for Latin American and the Caribbean, said: ‘We are very excited to be working with the Ministry of Public Works on this project. The Safer Road Investment Plan will identity and locate the cost-effective road improvements and quantify the expected lives saved and economic benefits for Dominica.’

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