Contractor pushing to complete East Canje road project
Despite the inclement weather being experienced in Berbice, the contracting firm H. Nauth & Sons Civil Engineering Contractors is working towards completing road works at New Forest, East Canje, Berbice, within a few months.
They are expected to complete extensive works along the 14 kilometre (km) stretch of dam at East Canje in a stipulated time frame.
The company has already completed 4.5 km of road works at West Canje.
The US $8.5M project was negatively impacted throughout the past 18 months by unpredictable heavy rainfalls which stalled the workers from progressing at the usual pace.
While several delays were encountered before the initial project completion date, the road at West Canje, Berbice, was completed on schedule.
The entire project deadline had initially been extended due to difficulties encountered surrounding the inclement weather patterns and the deadline has been further extended to the end of June 2012.
Kaieteur News understands that the East Canje land was basically a muddy dam which required extensive works to ensure the road was of quality standard.
Site Foreman Arjune Persaud stated that although works had begun in the area and sand was already laid, the rains badly affected the entire operation.
“Though work had begun we suffered losses with materials and such. We had to take off the wet slush and replace all of it with dry sand. We practically lost around $40,000 per load in order to correct the damages that the rain had done with the slushy sand,” he said.
It was noted that there were at least three instances when the road became flooded during the constant heavy rains.
This caused the company to suffer the loss of millions of dollars in road building materials.
“We have about six more weeks to complete the road works in here and that is the official time to finish the project. Truly, we need the weather to hold up in order to meet that time. If we get about three months more we would definitely finish it,” Persaud explained.
He went on to say that prior to works being executed, the stretch which was a mud dam became flooded last year when it rained heavily and the water in East Canje creek overtopped onto the dam.
“Water used to come right over any time it rains and last year the entire area was flooded because the mud dam was very low. We had to build the dam up about 1.5 metres. This road will also act as a sea defense and a road for people to travel on.”
Kaieteur News was told that this project not only catered for the establishment of an asphaltic road but also for several structures to be rehabilitated in both East and West Canje.
A number of high bridges and culverts had to be established so as to facilitate the easy passage of punts in the area.
Also, the company has to invest in machinery such as a crane to complete necessary works and establish a plant that would manufacture components for these bridges.
Jerry Lochan, Project Manager/ Engineer, also blamed the weather.
“While most of the work at East Canje is almost finished, we still are hoping that the weather permits us to finish what we started. Right now there is about 2000 feet of subgrade filling to be completed and we have to pave about 2.5 km of the road. We have all the materials on site for the project completion,” said Lochan.
This newspaper also understands that the installation of street lights at East Canje, as included in the project, was successfully executed.
“The street lights are already installed at East Canje but we are waiting for the Guyana Power and Light (GPL) to come do the hooking up,” Lochan said.
Earlier in the month, residents and sugar workers attached to the Guyana Sugar Corporation (GuySuCo) in the area praised the work being executed by this company.
“The road is of good standard and it is good that they have built it up. We sugar workers would use this route when it was a dam and it was really bad and took hours to get in and out when we needed to. But now the road will serve a good purpose for all,” one man had said.