The Ministry of Public Works and Digital Economy have recorded significant progress over the past six months in the implementation of the Layou Rehabilitation and reconstruction project.
Minister for Public Works, Hon. Cassanni Laville stated the project was divided into three components.
“The project is funded through a financing agreement from the CDB in the amount of US 14,580,000 dollars. To date two of these three components have been completed, namely construction of an emergency shelter in the community of Layou and stabilization of the northern bank of the Layou River and reconstruction of a compromised section of the E.O LeBlanc road west of the Hillsborough Bridge,” the Minister explained.
Hon. Laville noted that the third component will be done in two phases namely the construction and rehabilitation of the four kilometer road and elements of the river draining works and the construction of river defense structures at four critical locations.
“The Ministry is focused on the implementation of the third component which is the reconstruction of four kilometers of roadway between the Hillsborough Bridge and the York Valley Bridge. The Ministry has separated this component into two phases. Phase one involves the construction and rehabilitation of the four kilometer road and elements of the river draining works. Phase two involves the construction of river defense structures at four critical locations,” the Minister explained.
The Public Works Minister added that changes will be made to the road to ensure resilience and protection of investments.
“In an effort to build resilience, the implementation of phase one will involve the realignment of the four kilometer road way away from the river. This has significantly reduced the need for longer river revetments and retaining walls resulting in a net reduction in cost and a better means of protecting the road infrastructure and investment,” Hon. Laville added.
The Ministry has tendered the contract for phase one of the works and bids were returned on Friday January 15th 2021. Six contractors submitted proposals for the execution of works and the evaluation of these submissions is ongoing.
Construction is expected to start in May 2021 and projected to last for 12 months.