Minister of Agriculture, Thomas Jacques, monitoring work at Rivière Grise

Departmental Director of the West, Mr. Arnoux Severin and Minister of Agriculture, Mr. Thomas Jacques together went on a monitoring survey of the gabionade and clearing works in Rivière Grise. The purpose of the visit by the two Agricultural Engineers was to monitor the work progress.


The overall project has an estimated cost of 62 million gourdes which will come from the state government treasury. The work spans over an area of length 6.3 km. This project will go through three major bridges which include Tabarre Bridge, Croix-des-Missions Bridge and Duvivier Bridge. The work will end at Duvivier Bridge. The Duvivier Bridge is located in the Cité Soleil town. The estimated time frame for the entire work has been calculated to be 3 months.

This cleaning project is a part of the Martelly-Lamothe administration's environmental projects. Minister of Agriculture, Mr. Thomas Jacques reported after the inspection that the work is proceeding normally as per the plans. This cleaning project has been undertaken to recover the Rivière Grise from the damages caused after Hurricane Sandy.

It was confirmed by Thomas Jacques that the firms which have been provided with the responsibility of the cleaning work have ensured that the work will be completed before the hurricane season begins in the month of June. The primary objective of the project is to ensure that during the rainy seasons, the Rivière Grise does not pose threat to the surrounding inhabitants because the river's watershed area spans over 38.900 hectares and if proper steps are not taken, the river can lead to devastating damages to both property and population.

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