Heavy sea swells were on Thursday morning taking a toll on the sea defence construction work at Pointe Michel three and a half miles south of the capital, Roseau.
This has led to concerns that a March 12 (2012) completion date that had been announced by Public Works Minister Rayburn Blackmoore may not be met because of the damage inflicted by the rough sea.
The contractors C.O Williams have acknowledged that they are facing serious hurdles because of the swells.
Late last year, Public Works Minister Blackmoore stated that the people of Pointe Michel should see completion of the sea defense wall project before the end of the first quarter of 2012.
The project, worth $22-million, includes road development and construction of 720 metres of wall in the first instance, with 412 metres expected to have been completed by the end of December.
“In terms of the casting for the footing of the wall we have seen the completion of 514 metres of that component which is very significant the average height of the wall is three to five metres,” Blackmoore stated at the time.
A request for an extension of deadline for the project had been denied earlier this year; but, workers later made “remarkable” progress, from being months behind to one and a half weeks behind, Blackmore revealed at a site visit.
However, the latest heavy sea swells in the area have caused a section of the road to erode, now making the deadline date “unrealistic”, one person with inside knowledge of the work explained.
Barbados based contracting firm C.O Williams is the main contractor for the project.
Dominican company ACE Engineering is the sub-contractor.