Government breaks silence on construction fault on Demailley Bridge

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Government breaks silence on construction fault on Demailley Bridge
The fault in the bridge's construction.
The fault in the bridge’s construction.

Ministry of Infrastructure, Port Services and Transport has released a statement on the status of the construction fault that occurred on the ALBA-funded DeMailley Bridge Reconstruction Project, four days after St. Lucia News Online first broke the news on the incident.

The Ministry, in a press release, explained that the structural integrity of the abutments has not been compromised and the bridge will be completed as scheduled at no extra cost.

The statement reads: “On Monday 23rd June 2014, during the casting of the concrete deck for the bridge at DeMailley, the steel reinforcement frame sagged in the center as a result of the props being compromised. At the time of the incident, about 1 ½ trucks of concrete had been poured.

“The props are the temporary external support mechanisms for the formwork and are removed after curing of the concrete. After inspection by technical staff of the Ministry of Infrastructure, Port Services and Transport, it was concluded that the reason for failure was a direct result of the weight of the concrete coupled with the pressure at which the concrete was pumped to causing the vertical support to settle and displace, resulting in a ripple failure.

“Minor remedial works are being carried out. The structural integrity of the abutments has not been compromised and the bridge will be completed as scheduled, and no increase in cost is envisaged.”

When contacted about the news tip on the day of the construction hiccup, an official in the ministry said the matter was a non-issue and a non-story. He was also not cooperative in providing contact information for the chief engineer/contractor for the project.

The De Mailley Bridge Reconstruction Project’s sod-turning ceremony took place in February 2014.

The bridge, which was damaged by Hurricane Tomas in 2010, will cost $1,769, 965.40. It is one of three of such structures which are being financed by ALBA through grant funds.

The two-lane reinforced concrete bridge project is expected to last seven months.

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  1. WTF!!! Sorry about the language but the photo alone justifies it. Not even going to go near that explanation from the ministry. Talk about pissing in the eyes!!! Luckily nobody died as a result of the incompetence!!!. But then the end result would be exactly the same.....NO ACCOUNTABILITY. Life is cheap money has become all that matters.

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  2. From the photo I am seeing no props. Were there ever props or is it another lie from the Minister. However, if there were props I should assume it was wooden props because the metal props won't collapse.

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  3. At no extra cost. ? C-mon.....there has to be an extra cost, maybe not for the Ministry but for the contractor. Chewwwwps

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  4. Bridge collapse and will be completed as scheduled at no extra cost. How do you work that out? Explain to me how it is done

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    • No extra cost of course because there is enough money left over after the project is completed

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  5. The Ministry also needs to release a statement on the Bois d'Orange bridge where work has come to a standstill.

    SNO please investigate.

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  6. It seems its a hotel they building. One bridge and u all f... counting almost 2 million dollars??? Smfh! U all really take us for asses. And that man with his rubber stomach, don't give 2 f.... He is out there doing what he wants with our money. We need to overthrow these ppl, seriously.

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