Public Works Minister Rayburn Blackmoore has disclosed that the government has taken steps to address the delay affecting troubled road project Lot 2 – the Melville Hall to Pont Casse Road.
Truckers sub-contracted to do work on that project have been complaining about late payments, and engaged in work stoppage to press their case.
According to Blackmoore, the government has now contracted the services of two new sub-contractors: Offshore civil and Marine Inc and Dipcon Engineering Ltd to assist in completion works on that Airport Road Project.
He has indicated that these additional subcontractors will work alongside the original contractor Emile Gaddarkan and sons on the project.
The completion date for the project was set at June 19, 2012.
However due to several work stoppages that deadline, now just one day away, will not be met.
The minister told reporters that the additional contractors have been given specific instructions to focus on areas where the original contractor had fallen short.
“The intention so far is to have the work segmented. Two additional contractors with the competence will be given two segments of that project, segments where the main contractor has not been able to demonstrate a sense of commitment to finishing the work. There has been an agreement among all parties to move the project forward”.
Blackmoore says the aim is to ensure that the project is completed within the shortest possible time.
He expected that under this new arrangement the contractors would commence work in earnest (today) Monday June 18 2012 from the roundabout at Pont Casse to Melville Hall.
“From the Pont Casse area going back to Debranche, nothing significant except for some culvert extension and base work has been done. This area will be given to the two sub-contractors and the main contractor will remain to do base work etc, etc,” the minister confirmed.
He said Government would monitor all contractors to ensure that the work is done in an acceptable and timely fashion with a view to bringing closure to the road project.