Local construction business Autland Heavy Equipment Company Limited has been awarded yet another contract from the Recovery & Development Agency (RDA), this time for phase one of the Great Mountain road repair project on Tortola.
The contract is valued at $194,065.08 and is the fourth one they have received from the RDA since May.
“Four bids were received by the submission deadline and following a preliminary detailed examination, the contractor Autland Heavy Equipment Company Limited was determined to be the lowest responsive bidder, and therefore was recommended for the award of the contract which was approved by the Caribbean Development Bank,” the RDA’s Director of Procurement John Primo said during the contract signing ceremony on Thursday, July 9.
Scope of works detailed
Minister for Works Kye Rymer some of the work expected to be conducted on phase one of this project will include several metres of slope stabilisation and road reconstruction.
He said: “The scope of works include, but are not limited to: general site clearance and disposal, demolishing of existing section of reinforced concrete pavement, construction of 30 metres of reinforce concrete pavement with asphalt overlay, [and] construction of a 22-metre long by 4.5 metres high reinforce concrete retaining wall.”
Additionally, some of the other works will include the construction of a 10-metre-long swale drain, construction of 125 metres of reinforced concrete curb wall, and the installation of 30 metres of guard rail.
Project to begin in two weeks
In the meantime, Rymer is appealing to all motorists for their assistance during the temporary inconvenience within Great Mountain, which he says will all be worth it once the project is completed.
“With this project, we will witness the beginning of the restoration of a major artery of our road network. While there will be a period of discomfort, this minor inconvenience leads us on a path towards a better road network,” he said.
Minister Rymer added that the project is the first of eight which is scheduled to be completed, and revealed that works will commence 14 days following the signing of the contract, which dates Thursday, July 23.
Within the last three months, Autland Heavy Equipment has received a total of four contracts from the RDA. The previous contracts were awarded for the rehabilitation works to three water systems on Tortola for the communities of Carrot Bay, Long Bush and Zion Hill.
The total value of these four contracts stands at $4,916,801.16.