The Public Works Ministry is expected to set a new completion date, following recommendations from the evaluation report, says Sunil Ganesh, Bridges Engineer, Public Works Ministry.
According to Ganesh, the Ministry in collaboration with the supervisory consultant Sheldia/ E & A Consultant are carrying out an evaluation on the progress of the works.
He stated that the report will reveal if the contractors, R. Bassoo and Sons Construction Company, and Courtney Benn Contracting Services, will have to pay liquidated damages or will be granted an extension.
Ganesh said that according to the contracts, if the report finds the contractors eligible to pay the Ministry for liquidated damages a sum of $2,500 will be paid to the Ministry for everyday delayed.
This programme when completed will see the improvement of nine bridges and 16 culverts from Timehri to Rosignol. Thus far, eight bridges and 14 culverts were completed.
He noted that R. Bassoo and Sons Construction Company completed seven bridges, including Saffon Street Bridge and is currently expediting construction works on a concrete bridge at Cottage, Mahaicony, Region Five. It was related that the construction of the US$450,000, some 60 feet concrete bridge is 75 percent completed.
The structure was expected to be completed in August; however, remaining works on the structure include installing the pre-cast concrete slabs on the bridge and erecting the traffic barriers.
Meanwhile, Courtney Benn Contracting Services was awarded a US$2.8M contract to install 14 culverts between Garden of Eden to Timehri.
The company has completed the construction of 14 culverts and is executing construction works on two culverts, one at Land of Canaan and the other at Coverden, East Bank Demerara.
Also under this programme, BK International was awarded the contract to rehabilitate the Abary Bridge to a tune of US$350,000. Rehabilitation to the bridge was completed last year.
According to Ganesh this project was necessary since “Most of the structures had reached their designed life and there was a need to increase the hydraulic capacity to them and also there was a need to improve drainage.”