“Construction never ceased on Bois D’Orange Bridge” – contractor

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“Construction never ceased on Bois D’Orange Bridge” – contractor
“Construction never ceased on Bois D’Orange Bridge”-contractor
Rayneau Gajadhar said materials are due to arrive in October.

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.

 

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  1. St. Lucia is BOSS. People dek dek and can't make sense out of nonsense. Always trying to make people believe they stupid when they seeing everything with their eyes. This is the Internet brudda. People are well informed and understand how long it takes to ship. This is not long ago when only a select few had access or the knowledge, and everyone else was a cooloomoonoo. Everybody is on the same page.

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  2. “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,”
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    And these girders are scheduled to arrive in October, one year after the contract was signed. What a joke!!!!!
    Who built the Bonne Terre bridge?

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    • "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.”
      like seriously wtf?

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  3. Bridge completed by year end when materials arriving right in October. Reneau insulting Lucians intelligence. For weeks dat bridge did not even have a cockroach passing on it far less workers. So which work was going on.

    Even now the only work going on is re doing the mess the contractor built for a retaining wall. In fact not wall but tiles

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  4. The retaining wall behind Sunbilt Bois d'Orange collapsed into the river. I found it strange that it was never reported in the media. Now CIE is putting aggregate into the large blocks, Lord HELP us.

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  5. One man they giving million dollar contracts here it seems...Real marjee in St Lucia. ..rich always gets richer

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  6. IT is a situation where no one really knows what is going on on those projects. The project is not on schedule look some part collapsed just last week due to substandard work which was exposed by a trickle of WASCO water. When the heavy rains come I wonder what the excuse will be.

    On another note sources say that the Engineer and other persons responsible for Belle Vue Bridge collapse has been sent packing for using Bamboo for support instead of metal to save money. All these guys are crooked.... sorry to say.... We need to keep these JOKERS honest!

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  7. So how is NOW ALONE yall want to say something, months upon months yall quiet; now you want to say it's the materials?!!??! Give me a break!!!

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  8. YES RAYNEAU WITH YOUR BS.YOU ALONE EATING IN THIS COUNTRY.YOU ALONE SMILING AND THEN YOU ALSO THE ONE ON PROGRAMS TELLING THE GOVERNMENT THEY LAZY FIRE THEM AND BRING IN FOREIGNERS.TIME WILL TELL.

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