Work on Bois d’Orange bridge to commence soon

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Work on Bois d’Orange bridge to commence soon
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Work on an $11.1 million structure to replace the Bois d’Orange bridge in the island’s north received its official start Tuesday, when the contract for the bridge’s construction was signed between the Ministry of Infrastructure, Port Services and Transport and the contractor.

The project was awarded to the joint venture of Construction and Industrial Equipment and Soluciones de Cimentacion through international competitive bidding.

The 18-meter single span composite road bridge was designed by FDL Consult Inc. through the use of geo technical investigation, hydraulic analysis and traffic studies of the immediate vicinity of the structure. The design was reviewed and approved by the US Army Corp of Engineers.

Representative of FDL Consult Inc. Gilbert Fontenard said the bridge will be built to accommodate four lanes of traffic, in keeping with the government’s focus on future planning.

“The cost of the structure of the bridge is not proportional to the number of lanes. In other words, a two-lane bridge does not cost twice that of a single lane, nor will a four-lane cost twice that of a double lane. In that specific instance, the cost of the Bois d’Orange bridge for the four-lane is only 20 percent more than the two-lane at the estimate stage. With the contractor’s bid it is even less.”

Minister for Infrastructure, Port Services and Transport Phillip J Pierre has attempted to allay the fears of businesses within the area of the bridge’s construction that the works will hamper their ability to conduct business.

Pierre has also assured residents that they will have full access to their homes.

“The ministry understands the construction will coincide with the festive season. This inconvenience is unavoidable, as there is a limited time frame before the close of the World Bank funded Hurricane Tomas Emergency Recovery project. Motorists will be heavily affected by traffic delays during construction. We apologise in advance for the frustration and irritation which will likely be felt,” he said.

“Rest assured that together with the traffic department of the Royal Saint Lucia Police Force, we will do everything in our power to reduce the inconvenience.”

A bypass road constructed well ahead of the bridge’s construction will be formally open and utilised to divert normal flow of traffic on the highway as a result of the closure of the existing structure.

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15 COMMENTS

  1. The Bonne Terre bridge which is obviously a bigger and wider bridge only costs about 5 million and this simple bridge cost twice the amount! something doesn't make sense here!!! Oh I guess the bulk of the funds went into design.smh

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  2. how about AMARNA CONSULTING ENGINEERS,they can build that with no problem and they are st.lucia base..we not building bridges in basra...

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    • I didn't know Amarna built bridges lol... and where is basra?..... either way I do think a local company could have reviewed the designs.

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  3. I don't get it...The Bonne Terre bridge which to me appears to me to be longer than this and can also be used as a 4 lane costed roughly 5 Million, yet this one appears to be shorter in distance and is almost twice the amount? I just don't get it and maybe I never will

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  4. "The design was reviewed and approved by the US Army Corp of Engineers".......... don't we have reputable engineering companies who could have done this???

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  5. to the current gov't yall are bunch of idiots seriously 11.1 mil for wat? choops I kno u can use some of that money to fix roads, drainage and schools. wit yall so call four lane bridge Do yall kno wat a four lanes looks like ? papishow

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  6. CIE seem to be the only ones, building bridge.
    I mean he already building two in Soufriere.
    Govt have no money, so it at his advantage but
    he not buying from anyone, all the money staying to him alone.
    What about all the workers he laid off since
    January this year...

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  7. What is the point in building a bridge that can handle 4 lanes of traffic if only 2 lanes are going to be joining either side of the bridge? Don't they take into consideration the reckless drivers who will use this extra space to take over other vehicles.

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  8. MORE bridge,no more fire..i hope st.lucians will slow down on the roads...drive carefully
    kill your speed...

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  9. 11 mil for a 59feet, ridiculous i say, way too much for that bridge,we could have miles of road paved for that amount.

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    • What is not known to the general public is that the structure of this bridge has been reinforced with Gold Bouillon to resist corruption i mean corrosion...

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