Work stoppage on Bois D’Orange bridge explained

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Work stoppage on Bois D’Orange bridge explained
The Bois D'Orange bridge in the early stages of the reconstruction project.
The Bois D’Orange bridge in the early stages of the reconstruction project.

Executive Assistant in the Ministry of Infrastructure, Port Services and Transport, Silas Wilson, has explained the reason for the halt in construction of the Bois D’Orange Bridge Reconstruction Project.

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.

Wilson said the contractor’s suppliers provided girders – support beams used in construction – which did not comply with the specifications and “as such were not accepted by the consultant”.

“The contractors 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,” he said.

Wilson assured taxpayers that the amendments will not cost them anything.

“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,” he pointed out.

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.

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  1. I'm tired of this Government like sick n tired young ppl of saint lucia there is no future in this government u can see it n now we feeling it Kenny n his party made their budget n to pay for it he demanding 5% I made a mistake voting labour never happen again

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  2. A four lane bridge to deal with future expansions.with all those businesses so closee to teh road.where and how on God's green earth we can expand the road.a waste of taxpayers' money. just build a two lane bridge.

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    • I really want to know where they getting the money to pay property owners for the land they will need

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  3. In the past few weeks I have listened to silASS and other persons in the Ministry of Infrastructure saying that projects where there were failures like in Vieux Fort North and now certain setbacks in Bois D Orange, that no costs are added to the project as a result of those delays.
    Any Qualified Engineer or Project Manager in any part of the world would tell you this is a not totally true. It is far cheaper to make changes within the planning stage of a project before any works are commenced. Since these projects have already begun, any alteration adds to the cost, time and scope of the project. All monies already spent on these two projects are gone and cannot be recovered (unless they were free if we are to believe EXEC ASST) and the reworking and other related activities would cost us some additional monies which may or may not lead to the OVERRUNS we are all too familiar with.
    The government may have not lost any monies or time(so they say) but the contractor probably did and he may try to recover those by cutting corners which could lead to a substandard measures being taken to make up for time and recover his sunk costs. I do hope these and other projects are being monitored and controlled properly by the persons responsible. It would be more productive doing this rather than only spending time doing damage control ($ for which someone is already being paid $) and polluting the airwaves with insults and attacks on the very same people that employed them.
    St Lucia is not unique, there is corruption in the USA, UK and all other parts of the world, so to say there is no corruption in my little ST Lucia, where everybody knows somebody is ABSURD!!

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  4. REAL... IN THIS PLACE YES.KENNY KENNY STOP BULLSHITTING US LUCIANS AND DO THE HONEST THING .OKAY TIME WILL TELL.

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  5. somebody put me on the bobol list .see them by compton in bois patat everynite drinkin whisky and we ther killin each other like fools.he go add the cost another way ehh worry,not me they fooling.

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  6. that right to happen to our people STOP TALKING and LETS PROTEST peacefully to let the men know we not standing for that stop the talking its time for action remember the government represent we the people of the land. Hypocrites to many out these.........................

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  7. Kenny have Jadia. J Pierre has Silas. Someone please calculate the amount of tax payers money those guys would make in 5 years. Wish a party hack would do that. Could the PS, DPS, Chief Engineer or Deputy chief Engineer not have explained this. SMH.

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  8. So if a major hurricane hits , y'all know we stick , cuz we have seen in the past how quick that river overflows its banks and the by-pass road is below the river .............only in slu

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  9. A pure joke. What exactly is Silas Wilson's job? That's where the 'hooking the boys up' syndrome has cost us dearly. There is already a PAS, DPS, PS and now Silas as the Executive assistant. Never heard of Minister's having executive assistants before. With all these duplicative posts, Kenny still talking about 5% cut. Get rid of these kind of these positions first.

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  10. They better get the proper thing because i don't want any bridge to collapse with me while driving on it.

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