Wednesday 30 September, 2020

Joseph suggests night work for Grande Riviere road project

Grande Riviere road work

Grande Riviere road work

Economic Devlopment Minister Guy Joseph says more can be done by contractors in creating some degree of comfort for Grande Riviere residents.

Residents of the community took to the media expressing concerns for their health as a result of ongoing road works.

The road was graded and is yet to be sealed with recommended asphalt.

However, industrial cement was layed along the surface, creating clouds of thick dust throughout the day.

"Development always comes at a cost and improvements and those of us who do repairs at home would understand and have an appreciation that when you are doing house repairs, the home is never the same and I can well imagine what the residents are going through because we went through quite a bit of that in Forestierre during the repairs of the road and with the weather patterns we have now you can wet the road now and ten minutes later you get more dust, so it is a difficult situation," Joseph said.

While Minister Joseph was reluctant to comment on the matter, he did indicate that more can be done to complete the project so that residents can get some comfort.

"I am hoping that given the situation now that school has reopened and then you going into the Christmas season, that we are going to see an improvement in the speed at which the work is being implemented.

I would suggest that maybe some of our contractors may need to look at some night time work and additional time on these things," Joseph declared.

However, contractor on the Grande Riviere Road Rehabilitation Project, CO Williams Construction does not agree with the government minister.

"We are working within a residential area and the latest we can be working here is 6pm, we cannot exceed this time," Trycie Lockter-Polius, Quantity Surveyor at CO Williams told Loop News.

"Apart from the dust we have to take into consideration noise pollution, we do not want to disturb the residents peace."

Polius explained delays in the project included bad weather conditions, a failed compaction test from Tj's Supermarket to White Rock and COVID-19, among other reasons.

According to the Ministry of Infrastructure, the project is expected to be completed in November, however, it does not appear that it will.

"The actual contract period is up to January but we are trying to push it to November but because of many delays, some beyond our control, it may be completed in December,"

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