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Valsayn North gets a new $12.4M bridge

By JANELLE DE SOUZA Friday, February 28 2014

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Residents of Valsayn North on Wednesday breathed a sigh of relief when the Mayfield Bridge was officially opened following its collapse in 2012.

Speaking at the official opening of the bridge, Minister of Works and Infrastructure, Surujrattan Rambachan, noted that it was constructed in five months, two months ahead of schedule, at the cost of $12, 442,937.07, which was within the revised budget.

CEO of Community Improvement Services Ltd (CISL), Raees Patel, noted that after the collapse of the original bridge, a temporary bridge was installed. Construction of a permanent structure for the Mayfield Bridge over the St Joseph river in Mayfield West Road, North Valsayn, began in July 2013. Patel noted that the width of the bridge was increased from 11.2 metres to 22.6 metres into a double-lane bridge with reinforced concrete. The river channel was also widened, increasing its flow capacity, and lessening the risk of flooding in the area.

Revelling in the fact that the bridge was completed within budget, Rambachan stated that of the 2,451 Local Government projects last year, there was no cost overruns. He also announced that the Ministry of Works was expected to launch 423 projects worth $800 million of new road, bridge and landslip works, which would begin in the second week of March.

In addition, 13 major bridges were in the process of being re-built, while 12 are about to be tendered through National Infrastructure Development Company Limited (NIDCO).

He said works such as the expansion of the Diego Martin Highway and the Valencia Bypass Rd, both of which are scheduled to be completed this year, were being done by local contractors.

“This is a very good example of the quality that we expect of our local professionals, and what our local people can in fact do. I do not believe that, except for exceptional circumstances, that we need to continue to have this heavy reliance we have been having on foreign contractors to come into the country to do work, which our own people can do,” he said.

Further bringing joy to residents, Minister of The Environment and Water Resources, Ganga Singh, promised that the banks of the river would continue to be walled up to the Highway in order to protect Jamboree Park from further erosion, and the tennis court repaved.

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