Work on the Toucarie Road rehabilitation project is said to be back on stream after a six-month delay.
The project involves concrete resurfacing of the roads in that area.
“That was part of the work that was supposed to be done under the rehabilitation of the Tan Tan to Capuchin road and as you can recall, we had some serious challenges with that portion of works,” Parliamentary Representative for the Cottage Constituency, Reginald Austrie said.
According to him, work actually stopped there about six months ago and some parts were left in a terrible state.
“And that was for a number of reasons … one of the reasons being because of the unavailability of asphalt. The contractors had some delays until we decided to use concrete rather than using the asphalt,” Austrie explained. “And so works started two weeks ago in ernest and I am hoping that within the next couple of weeks we would have completed that road.”
He continued, “When that is done we are hoping that we can go back down towards the Savanne Paille area using concrete again and that will probably put that road somewhere in the region of 90 percent of completion.”
He said there is a section of the road just before approaching Clifton which “would give us a completely and totally rehabilitated work.”
Austrie noted that the people of Cottage and others traveling on the road will experience some slight inconveniences for the next couple of weeks.
“You would have to wait a little bit while the work is done but at the end of the day that sacrifice would be well worth it since you now have a complete road…to meet the standards of pedestrians and passengers much more comfortable,” Austrie stated.
Meanwhile Minister for Public Works and Portsm Ian Pinard, said the project will be completed in a few weeks.
“We feel the concrete road that is going on, the contractor should finish in a couple of weeks and we are hoping to have that road done very nicely…,” Pinard said. “And after the completion, we expect that road to be safe and be in very good condition after that.”
The Toucarie Road Project costs in excess of $651,158.58 and is being undertaken by DIPCON Engineering and Services Ltd.