Some 23 culverts between Belladrum and Rosignol, West Coast Berbice, are to be rehabilitated, with works estimated to cost in excess of $1.2B (US$6,064,569.91).
Yesterday, a total of seven bids were opened for the project which is being funded under the Transport Infrastructure Rehabilitation Programme (TIRP), a road improvement project of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB).
The opening of the bids represented Phase 3 of the programme.
They were opened yesterday by the National Procurement and Tender Administration Board (NPTAB) with each contracting firm vying for both lots under which this particular phase of the project is divided.
The sum of US$27M was initially released to construct the bridges and culverts from Timehri to Rosignol, routine maintenance, road safety project and construction of the Black Bush Polder Road.
In the recent component, some 25 structures were intended to be completed to the tune of US$6,869,691. The contracts had been awarded to Courtney Benn Contracting Services Ltd, R. Bassoo and Sons Construction Company, and BK International. There were also works on the Abary Bridge, which separates Demerara from Berbice.
The scope of the work encompasses sandblasting and painting of trusses, partial depth repairs to piers and abutments, repairing guard and bridge rails and extending the roadway with a sand bitumen overlay and an asphalt concrete wear surface.
In this particular component – Phase 3 – the works include the relocation, protection and re-instatement of existing utilities, cofferdam construction, excavation at culvert and bridge locations and demolition of existing structures and the construction of new structures, among other things.
It also includes the construction of detour roads and detour bridges, installation of traffic hazard signs at structure locations on shoulder traffic management. The estimated construction period is 16 months with a subsequent defect liability period of 12 months.
The Ministry of Public Works is handling the project.
It was announced yesterday that work on the 23 culverts has been divided into two lots with the Engineer’s Estimate for Lot 1 being US$3,045,241.02 and Lot 2 – US$3,019,328.89.
The bids opened for this project yesterday were:
|Vivekanand Dalip Enterprise||Lot 1 US$2,849,017.68Lot 2 US$2,703,728.33|
|H Nauth and Sons||Lot 1 US$4,898,269.68Lot 2 US$5,002,190.72|
|Courtney Benn Contracting Services Limited||Lot 1 US$4,971,251.69Lot 2 US$4,929,781.43|
|Roopan Ramotar Investments||Lot 1 US$4,250,714.00Lot 2 US$4,456,863.00|
|BK Int’l Inc||Lot 1 US$4,021,448.71Lot 2 US$4,370,668.62|
|Kares Engineering Inc.||Lot 1 US$2,660,917.00Lot 2 US$2,943,894.00|
|R. Bassoo and Sons Limited||Lot 1 US$5,162,865.70Lot 2 US$5,212,164.80|
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