The contractor responsible for the Bois D’Orange Bridge Reconstruction Project – Rayneau Construction and Industrial Products Limited – said the bridge could be completed by the end of this year.
Team Leader, Rayneau Gajadhar, told St Lucia News Online (SNO) yesterday, July 29 that construction never ceased, but admitted that there is a shortage in materials.
Gajadhar explained that the company is sourcing additional materials from overseas to complete the bridge. The materials are due to arrive here by October. Gajadhar said employees have been on the construction site doing some small works.
However, contrary to those statements, Executive Assistant in the Ministry of Infrastructure, Port Services and Transport, Silas Wilson, had told SNO that work was halted temporarily after the consultant for the project refused to accept the girders – support beams used in construction – used by the company which did not comply with the specifications.
According to Wilson, the contractor has been sourcing the same from alternative suppliers.
“The bridge is built upon piles and the girders are an important item integrated into the design of the bridge. Until the specified girders arrive in St. Lucia, the project will not be able to continue,” Wilson had stated. “While some adjustments will have be made to the project completion date, there are not expected any additional costs to the Government of St. Lucia.”
The project was awarded to the joint venture of Construction and Industrial Equipment and Soluciones de Cimentacion through international competitive bidding. The 18-metre single-span composite road bridge was designed by FDL Consult Inc., and the design was reviewed and approved by the US Army Corp of Engineers.
FDL Consult Inc. said the bridge will be built to accommodate four lanes of traffic in keeping with the government’s focus on future planning. Traffic was rerouted through a nearby bypass bridge after construction began on the new Bois D’Orange bridge.
The contract for the $11.1-million World Bank-funded bridge was officially signed on Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2013, but construction activity slowed to a halt more than a month ago.