UWP blames government for excessive cost to Bois D’Orange Bridge

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UWP blames government for excessive cost to Bois D’Orange Bridge
Joseph holding the document.
Joseph holding the document.

The United Workers Party (UWP) has refuted claims that its government was responsible for the commissioning report of the Bois D’Orange Bridge, which will now cost EC$11 million.

Former Communication and Works Minister Guy Joseph told the media today that an initial design report on the bridge, done in December 2011 indicates that the construction cost was EC$3.7 million.

Joseph, who was in receipt of the document, provided a breakdown on the cost of the bridge. He said the World Bank -Disaster Relief Fund project was divided into four parts and the report was completed by FDL Consultants.

These included: Part 1 (general items) $917,600, Part 2 (demolition and site clearance) $42,500, Part 3 (bridge works) $2 million and Part 4 (road works) $234,265. The subtotal grand summary was $3,257, 280.

However, money set aside for contingencies, only if required was set at 15 per cent or $488,592. This figure would have taken the entire project cost to EC$3,745, 872.

“How did we arrive at a bridge costing $11 million and how can the Minister of Infrastructure come and make a claim in the parliament of St. Lucia that the UWP government commissioned the study for the bridge and the bridge that we designed would cost $11 million?” Joseph questioned.

The former government minister reminded that the UWP was no longer in officer after November 28 of that same year.

Joseph said he is still baffled by the statement made by Minister Phillip J Pierre, but claims that he has information that the minister had commissioned a new study, which may have led to the project costing $11 million.

Joseph said when he is in receipt of those documents, he will present them to the media. “The Government of St. Lucia owes the people of St. Lucia and parliament an apology for giving us wrong information about who commissioned the study to design this EC$11 million bridge,” he added.

Joseph said while government has hinted that the bridge is being built to accommodate four lanes instead of two lanes, they have also made it clear that having additional lanes will not affect the cost of the project.

The former works minister said even in the case where the cost of the bridge was doubled, it still would not have reached $11 million. He said the price would have been around $7 million instead.

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  1. Someday you all will realize why SLP tries to tarnish peoples' reputation. Its all because they have no reputation of their own. This type of behavior is only to put doubts in the minds of people as to who they should believe. So far its working well, judging from the comments here, but at what cost? Those who try to divert attention from the issue know the real story. I mean why try to jail ordinary people while politicians sink millions in one project. All because there are those among us who will defend blindly

    Its no longer the lying King but now its the poodle and the one who can't speak patois. We are at an all time LOW in politics where PMs tell MPs to shut up, sit down and not explain to the people how and why money borrowed is to be spent. I thought those MPs were accountable to the people in their constituencies who elected them and not to any other MP including the PM.

    Have St. Lucians lost their voices to stand up against what is illegal? Speaking of illegal, wasn't it this PM who declared publicly the money that the former administration collected under the Airport Tax was illegal? Then don't you think that our money collected illegally should be returned to us? Where is our money Mr. PM? Then we question why should a student hit a teacher. Bunch of cowards or bunch of aiders and abbettors of illegality, that what the Lucian public is turning to.

    Remember the Ramsohoy Report on crime which revealed that the majority of St. Lucians treated crime with indifference? Thats right the majority you are criminals yourselves and this is why you tarcitly endorse it. But in all that you expect the kids to be different? Dream on !!! Soon you will be swimming in your own blood while you are chased around by children weilding cutlasses. Fools

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    • great stuff. Right on the money. The apple doesnt fall far from the tree and now people are seeing the results of their "hard work"

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  2. Pierre messed-up on this whole bridge project; and instead of taking it on the chin like a real man, he is blaming the former UWP administration.
    This project was not a work-in-process from the UWP, it started under the SLP and they should be held accountable.
    When it come time to cut the ribbon, no UWP will be invited.

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  3. The truth must come to light and apologies issued when so. From which party, I do not know.

    I would rather they fix up the roads in general rather than try and have four lanes here and there. How much would it also cost to make sure the roads are painted to keep traffic on the right side, and to have some visibility signs/barriers in dangerous places? It just shows that no-one has learned any lessons from the Choiseul bus tragedy the other year.

    This is the problem in St Lucia, cannot even build a bridge without there being a ro ro of some sort. Children pretending to be big men.

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  4. Typical mode of operations. Inflate the cost of a project. Give it to a party man. The extra money goes towards election financing.

    The country is raped again

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  5. The 11million can be justified. None of yall know what yall talking about....Im not for party but UWP just looking for praise. If the shoe was on the other foot say mem bet. Politicians just making Lucians more stupid

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    • I not for party but think about it. There is no no f***ing way that bridge can cost 11 million. To do what hire tractors,dump trucks and mixers to pour cement dig the river, cause all it looks like is a retaining wall with a road passing over it and a drain for what to flow. Taking lucians for ass.

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  6. Before any comment i want to see the breakdown
    from Pierre.I do not trust anything Guy or Chastanet say.Their record speaks for itself.

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  7. Guy you must stop reading note's from chase-net. All these yrs only now you coming up wit them figures? Well if the Goverment's not taking you to court well take them, Your beer belly N head all look like a PUNCH BAG

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  8. Ask the chairman of the productivity council where all that money go to. The public should boy cut his new store.

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  9. Ask the president/chairman of the productivity council where all the money gone . I cant see how that bridge cost $11mill farless the price tag on that project at monchy. These suckers just raiding the treasry and lining their pockets.Whilst the average st lucian is suffering

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  10. Hahaaaaa d pot calling d kettle fire starter even COCO JIM SNOW can see d heat burning d pot with family an friends of GJ CUDMEH 4a cut in d preference society so he hungry 2 show every body have hands MAGOTA like his.

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    • YOURE HEAD MUST BE UP YOURE A*** bridge that should have cost 6mill cost 11mill and you talking about guy

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  11. Slp always does that, ones they in there. And they have big mouth too.so the speaker don't have a choice but hearing them alone. Don't play with them Guy, give it to them "blood suckers" u call these leeches

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  12. Slowly, we are getting to know who the crooks are. Slowly we are getting to know why they are trying to tarnish Guy Joseph's name, knowing that if the SLP government had anything on Mr. Joseph, he would have been in court. The whole roro with Mr.Joseph is an attempt to divert attention.

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    • wasnt uwp wasting monies wen they bought 17 big vans for their people. n chastnet allegedly stole all the town council money to do things making ppl think its his

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