New Bois d’ Orange Bridge to receive Formal Opening Tuesday
Traffic within the vicinity of the newly constructed Bois d’ Orange Bridge is expected to return to its normal flow after the bridge receives its official opening on Tuesday December 09th 2014.
Work on a new bridge was commissioned in 2011 after the old bridge sustained severe structural damage due to blockage of debris, carried by floodwaters of Hurricane Tomas in 2010. Although emergency repair works were performed on the collapsed section of the roadway following the passage of the natural disaster, Government, after thorough assessment, determined that the bridge had to be entirely replaced and as such secured funding from the World Bank as part of the Disaster Relief Fund to Saint Lucia to construct the bridge.
Designs for the new bridge were prepared by FDL Consult Inc. and approved by the World Bank. The project was contracted to the joint venture of Construction and Industrial Equipment Ltd (CIE) and Soluciones de Cimentacion of Columbia, after an open tender process and a no objection from the World Bank, at a contract price of EC$11.1 million dollars.
The new 18-meter single span, composite steel and concrete structure commenced in October of 2013 and is supported on reinforced concrete piles. The new bridge, though it will operate as a two lane, was built to accommodate four-lane traffic, in keeping with future road infrastructure plans for the northern highway.
The opening ceremony, which will be held at the site of bridge from 3:30pm, will have in attendance members of Saint Lucia’s Cabinet including Prime Minister and Minister for Finance Hon Dr. Kenny Anthony, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Port Services and Transport Hon. Philip J Pierre and Member of Parliament for GrosIslet Hon. Emma Hippolyte. Also in attendance will be residents of the community, representatives of private sector bodies, as well as business owners within the vicinity of the works.
Finishing touches are being put on the Bois D’Orange bridge in Gros Islet ahead of the formal opening next