Black Bush Polder Road misses April deadline
- bad weather, cement shortage cited
The contractor, BK International, of the US$6.6M Black Bush Polder Road, Region Six, has missed the project’s April deadline. The contractor has written to the Public Works Ministry requesting November 2012 to be the new deadline.
This is according to Bridges Engineer, Sunil Ganesh, who disclosed that the consultant, CEMCO, is reviewing the request for extension. He added that some factors such as poor weather condition and shortage of cement have caused the delay.
The project began in September 2010 and was slated to conclude by the end of 2011. However, while the contractor was executing works, it was observed that beneath the existing roadway there were wooden culverts, which farmers utilized to drain their rice fields.
As such, April 2012 was the new date given to facilitate the installation of 80 pipe culverts, which were not in the initial design, along the 34.5 kilometres (km) of roadway.
The project is 60 percent complete and the contractor is on target if the new completion date is November.
To date, the contractor has installed 52 pipe culverts, erected five concrete bridges and constructed16.5 km of roadways. Currently, preparation works are ongoing to construct 14 km of roadways.
“The contractor has completed excavation works along the stretch and sand-filling works are ongoing in Adventure and Yakusari,” he said.
The scope of the project involves the rehabilitation of the existing roadway with an asphalted concrete surface. The stretch will be widened to six metres to facilitate two lanes of traffic.