Good Hope Road Project in Dominica near completion, open to vehicular traffic

The road was closed following a landslide in 1986, which swept away agricultural holdings, damaged the primary school and covered the health clinic, seriously injuring the community nurse and killing her ten-year-old daughter.

Good Hope Road Project in Dominica near completion, open to vehicular traffic
Good Hope Road Project in Dominica near completion, open to vehicular traffic

Roseau, Dominica: The government of the Commonwealth of Dominica announced that the “Good Hope Road Project” is near completion. On Monday, April 24, 2022, the government provided an update on the project. 

It provided that the Good Hope Road project is near completion, with the route already open to vehicular traffic.

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The road will be paved and lighted; and, upon completion, will significantly improve access to and from San Sauveur and Petite Soufriere. 

The road was closed following a landslide in 1986, which swept away agricultural holdings, damaged the primary school and covered the health clinic, seriously injuring the community nurse and killing her ten-year-old daughter.

The road will be paved and lighted; and, upon completion, will significantly improve access to and from San Sauveur and Petite Soufriere.

There is a great history behind the landslide that occurred on November 11, 1986, as people in the community have witnessed the heavy rainfall for many days. 

Nearly 17,000 cubic metres of soil and worn rock slipped from the hillslope above the Castle Bruce-Petit Soufriere road just after 3 a.m. on November 12, 1986.

Banana, coconut, and bay trees were carried away on the hillslope. The quickly moving slide mass damaged citrus trees and vegetable crops growing beneath the road. 

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The slide swamped the health clinic near the s1ope’s base, wounding a nurse and killing her ten-year-old daughter in their sleeping quarters. The slide’s impact pushed the primary school partially off its foundation, destroyed the back wall, and buried the upslope side to the roofline many metres downslope.