New Bois d’ Orange Bridge to re­ceive For­mal Open­ing Tues­day

The Star (St. Lucia) - - LOCAL -

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

week.

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