Share LocalNews IMPORTANT VARIATIONS TO THE AIRPORT ROAD PROJECT SET TO IMPROVE THE LONGTERM VIABILITY OF THAT ROAD by: – March 1, 2011 134 Views 2 comments Sharing is caring! Share Share Tweet GIS News by Emmanuel JosephTheMinistry of Public Works is currently taking a number of steps to ensure that the airport road development project is of the highest integrity and standard.Work on lot two of the project extending from Pond Casé to MelvilleHall is currently on-going.Hon. Minister for Public Works, RayburnBlackmoore, in speaking to the media on Friday, said while the project is progressing at a steady pace, a number of variations had to be made to the original scope of work on the road.“There are some variations that must be done to take the road to the level that will bring some degree of satisfaction to us in Dominica. It makes no sense to build a road now and three (3) years down the road, you come to spend or do the things you could have done now.”In the Gleau Gommier area for example, the Minister says work is being done to re-align that section of the road which will address a road failure issue there.“If you look at the Gleau Gommier area, this is a very dangerous area and you have seen the road failure over a period of time. What we have to do in is to re-align the road further eastwards. That would require some significant excavation work.”TheMinister says the construction of a protective river wall along the Hatten Garden section of the road is necessary to protect the investment.“The initial inclination there was to have excavated towards the cliff areas. However, we have a situation whereby the river in itself is undermining the road. Therefore, there is need for us to protect that major investment by installing a concrete wall and is going to cost in the area of one point one million dollars (XCD$1.1 m). We also believe that if we have to get the road right, we have to ensure that we put in place the necessary mitigating factors in place. We are looking at the possibility of erecting a river wall there and to do some minimal excavation towards the cliff area and make the road safer and to protect that major investment.”The ministry of public works will also work towards cutting any unnecessary bends along the road.“Around the round-about, you are going to see a straighter road. You have seen some work started there and as I have said, the intention is to make the road as safe as possible and to really enhance the whole issue of security, more importantly to people.”The Canefield to Melville hall road is expected to be completed by February 2012. TheMinister says his ministry has taken all the necessary actions to ensure the project is delivered by the contractors on time.“If you are going to ask people to drive through the Carib Reserve, you cannot drive through the Carib Reserve indefinitely. Therefore, we have to ensure that we, as the Ministry and Government, honour our responsibility under the contract and we have to ensure that the contractor, himself, stick to the terms and conditions of the contract and to deliver the project, of course, in a timely manner.What we have instructed, through the consultant on the project, is to have additional pieces of equipment, more specifically, excavators to have what you call mass excavation during the dry spell. We do not want a situation whereby we go into the rainy season and having to do significant excavation work. That can be devastating and once we have all the required assets on the job site, that is to say the tools of trade and pieces of equipment and sufficient manpower, we can then have the road closed except for local access at particular times. What you do not want to happen is to have significant work being done, especially excavation, and to have vehicles and persons trying to make their way in and out of the construction site. We have to ensure that we put in place the necessary controls in terms of traffic for the travelling public. We believe with a proper schedule and proper supervision and accountability we can get the contractor to execute this project in a timely fashion.”Lot two of the airport road project is funded by the government of the republic of France through the Agence Francaise de Developement at the cost of $52 million dollars.
After throwing just seven times in his first start against Indiana, Phillips has been asked to throw 50 times combined in his last two games.[/media-credit]What a difference a year can make.Last season, Curt Phillips wasn’t even at the Big Ten Championship game. Now, he’s the starting quarterback on the biggest stage a conference game can offer.At home in Tennessee still rehabbing from his third surgery on the ACL in his right knee, the quarterback still dreamed of one day getting his shot. Phillips remembers the feeling he experienced, sitting at home and watching his teammates play for a conference championship without him there.“It was disappointing,” Phillips said. “I wanted to be there with the team, that was frustrating. But it’s that much extra motivation, when something’s taken away from you.“Now I get my opportunity to be a part of it.”Phillips has never played against Nebraska, Wisconsin’s opponent in the conference championship game. Last time around it was redshirt freshman Joel Stave making the start, as Danny O’Brien made a late game appearance to run the two-minute drill.But after the last two weeks, it’s no doubt who the Badgers’ best quarterback is in the clutch.Leading Wisconsin back in the final seconds against both Ohio State and Penn State only to see both games lost in overtime, Phillips has begun to develop a reputation for stepping up when it matters most.The hurry-up, two-minute drill that Phillips has thrived in so far for the Badgers resembles the offense the quarterback ran at Sullivan South High School in his hometown of Kingsport, Tenn.And for a team that has lost its five games by an average of less than four points, that kind of ability to close out, or rather, bring a team back, is something this Wisconsin team desperately needs.“It’s great to have that kind of faith in somebody that he’s already been there and done that,” redshirt junior left guard Ryan Groy said. “He’s already done it, we know he can step up in those situations.”And he’s also shown improvement. After only throwing the ball seven times against Indiana, Phillips has thrown 25 passes in each of his last three games, throwing for 191 yards and two touchdowns – both career-highs – against Penn State Saturday.“Each game I feel like I’ve settled down a little bit, especially from the first start,” Phillips said. “I had some mental mistakes I shouldn’t have made (in his first start), being a little giddy I guess. But I feel like I’m more comfortable and relaxed.”It’s been hard to say Phillips has had adequate time to get comfortable this season. The redshirt senior has been sacked nine times this season, a result of lackluster play in the offensive trenches, team’s sending consistent blitzes to challenge the inexperienced quarterback and stop the Wisconsin running game and the quarterback holding onto the ball for too long.With the Big Ten Championship game marking just his fourth start for the Badgers under center, Phillips says he’s starting to find his comfort zone as “the man” for his team’s offense.“I’m starting to feel a lot more comfortable, like I’m on the same page as my receivers,” Phillips said. “At first, I felt I knew what was going on and what I was seeing from the defense, but I wasn’t getting it out that fast because I wanted to make sure I wasn’t making any mistakes. So now I can play a little bit faster and trust myself.”It was an observation also reflected by his head coach, Bret Bielema. “I think the part that probably has shown up, in my opinion, from an old defensive coach, there are some plays where he maybe wasn’t quite sure he could throw it,” Bielema said at his Monday press conference. “If you just hesitate a half second, sometimes that window can close.”Wisconsin’s No. 1 wide receiver Jared Abbrederis, who was named a consensus first team all-Big Ten selection Monday, has seen his production vastly decrease since the injury to Stave, recording just seven catches over the past three games.But, like Bielema and Phillips, Abbrederis also voiced both receiver and quarterback are still learning from one another.“We’re just trying to figure each other out, with the play-calling, trying to understand what he’s good at,” Abbrederis said. “I think we’re good chemistry-wise and as the weeks go on we just keep getting better and better.”Phillips admitted he needed some time to adjust to the starting role. When he took over the offense nearly a month ago, it was the first time he received the majority of reps at quarterback since fall camp. But he found the learning curve slighted thanks to a lasting friendship with a former Wisconsin quarterback.And not just any quarterback. This one led Wisconsin to their first Rose Bowl in a decade, a feat Phillips will look to achieve with a win on Saturday.“One person, I’ve always looked to for advice is Scott Tolzien,” Phillips said. “I usually talk to Scott a couple times a week. We’re pretty close, he’s always good to talk to because he keeps you grounded.“He’s always got some good advice, right before the competition opened up when Joel got hurt he said to make the most of it because I had already come this far and to just to have fun with it.”So, will he brag to his friend if he ends up winning Wisconsin its first Rose Bowl since 2000?“No, I haven’t made it that far yet,” he laughed. “We have to win this one Saturday.”Follow Nick on Twitter