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#388744 - 09/29/10 02:18 PM 2 more years before Kendal Bridge is replaced
Marty Offline

Ever since the Kendall Bridge washed away by tropical storm Arthur in 2008, the crossing which was constructed in its place, has failed repeatedly to be a suitable temporary replacement. In fact, the crossing was built so low that whenever it rained, the Sittee River overflows. Some commuters even say, if you take a bucket of water out of the Sittee River and pour it back in, the Kendall crossing would still flood. The first step to the construction of a suitable replacement has finally been made. After completing the bidding process, the winning contractor is Cisco Construction Limited, which signed a contract today with the Government of Belize to build the new bridge.

Cadet Henderson, CEO, Ministry of Works

Cadet Henderson

“This is a contract between Cisco Construction Limited and the government of Belize for eleven million, eight hundred and ninety-nine thousand and seventy-nine dollars and thirty-five cents. This bridge is being funded by the Caribbean Development Bank and contract signing takes place today and construction will begin shortly. This project is being executed by the Ministry of Works and the consultant for the programs is Becca International.”

Anthony "Boots" Martinez

Anthony “Boots” Martinez, Minister of Works

“This contractor, Cisco Construction has been the A1 contractor in terms of roads and bridges in the country of Belize and we feel confident that we will get a good job from this and value for money from this project. I want to thank Mr. Woods and congratulate his team on a well deserved job.”

Francis Woods, Cisco Construction

Francis Woods

“Our team is very proud to have won this bid. It’s unique in that I think it’s the longest structure of this design, single span with no peers so we’re proud to have been able to bid it so reasonably. It should definitely be a first class bridge and we hope that the river will never reach the high to touch this bridge again cause it’s ten feet higher than the last one.”

The long awaited structure will take about two years to complete and is expected to last at least eighty years. So you can still expect the temporary crossing to be in the news, the next time it rains in the South.

Channel 5


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#388746 - 09/29/10 02:23 PM Re: 2 more years before Kendall Bridge is replaced [Re: Marty]
Marty Offline

Kendal, Contract Signed, Completion Next

The Kendal Bridge had an epic collapse in the floods of June, 2008 - and since then a third of the country has been under sustained threat of being cut off every time the Sittee swells.

Finally, tonight we can report that relief is in sight, if not quite on the immediate horizon. That's because today the contract to construct a new high level bridge was signed.

It's a follow up to the opening of the tendering process which we showed you in the first week of August. At that time, two firms made bids to construct the bridge: Cisco construction came in at 11.9 million dollars while Kier/Kee Chanona came in at $16.5 million.

And while in tendering, the contract is not always to the cheapest, with a price difference of almost 5 million dollars - it wasn't hard to foresee that the contract would be awarded to CISCO. And it was made official today when the contact was signed between the Minister of Works Boots Martinez and Francis Woods of CISCO construction.

Woods says they hope to build a bridge that will endure for a long time.

Francis Woods of CISCO construction
"On behalf of CISCO Construction our team is very proud to have won this bid. Its unique, I think it's the longest structure of this design single span with no piers so we are proud to have been able to bid so reasonably and we are sure of our prices, right, Mr. Vargas? But it should be definitely be a first class bridge and we hope that the river will never reach the height to touch this bridge again because its 10 feet higher that the last one. We feel very confident there will be a bridge for many years to come."

Hon. Melvin Hulse
"Definitely the wait has been worth it a lot of people keep complaining about the bride, the length of time that the Ministry Of Works took to do it. The Ministry Of Works along with the CDB and the consultant it was imperative that there was no rush to ensure that the type of bridge put up there would adequately serve not only currently but future needs and that involved putting in a double end bridge with an extended span on both side and an additional height."

The work should commence immediately and is slated to be completed within 18 months - but - considering it took 27 months just to get a contract signed - we'd say give it two years….

The Bridge was designed by a New Zealand firm and financed by the CDB. And for those who are into the technical specifications:

The bridge will consist of a 90 meter steel truss supporting reinforcement concrete deck founded on driven piles.

Channel 7


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#388747 - 09/29/10 02:24 PM Re: 2 more years before Kendall Bridge is replaced [Re: Marty]
Marty Offline

CONTRACT FOR CONSTRUCTION OF NEW BRIDGE AT KENDALL SIGNED

The contract for the Kendal Bridge Rehabilitation Project has been awarded to Cisco Construction Limited and was signed today with Government in Belmopan. The project will cost eleven million eight hundred ninety-nine thousand seventy-nine dollars and thirty-five cents, funded by the government and the Caribbean Development Bank. Signing on behalf of the government was Minister of Works Anthony Martinez and Chief Executive Officer Cadet Henderson.

Anthony Martinez; Minster of Works

“Am happy to know that this project is starting now, as you are well aware it has been long awaited. The public needs this bridge and especially the area representative who has been very instrumental, Honorable Hulse, who has been very instrumental in pushing to make sure that this project becomes a reality. We feel confident that we will get a good job from this and value for money from this project. I want to thank Mr. Woods and congratulate his team on a well deserved job.”

Cadet Henderson; CEO, Ministry of Works

“It’s now time for action. We have been planning for quite a long time and I have no doubt that the contractor can now commence. I know the bridge procurement is a lengthy process in terms of getting the steel structure fabricated and shipped to Belize. The preparatory works, the foundation works and principally clearing debris from the river and extending the detour as per the requirements of the design is something that could commence immediately.”

Francis Woods represented Cisco Construction Company.

Francis Woods; Cisco Construction Company

“On behalf of Cisco Construction our team is very proud to have won this bid. It is unique in that I think it is the longest structure of this design; single span with no pairs so we are very proud to have been able to bid it so reasonably and we are sure of our prices.”

Work is scheduled to start immediately on a design developed by Beca International Consultants Limited, a firm in New Zealand. The new bridge will stand approximately ten feet higher than the old structure and consists of a ninety meter span steel truss supporting a reinforced concrete deck. The project should be completed within eighteen months.

LOVE FM


On Thursday, August 5, two tenders were presented for the construction of the new Kendal Bridge. One was from Kier/Kee Chanona Limited (Joint Venture), a Jamaican based firm, for the total cost of $16,085,627.07. The second was from CISCo Construction Company Limited for the total cost of $11,899, 079.35. Cadet Henderson, Chief Executive Officer in the Ministry of Works, explained that the disparity in total cost does not play a major roll in the decision. He continued, “We had cases where a million dollar proposal had a $900,000 error.”

After the projects were reviewed, CISCo Construction was the winning tender. On Tuesday, September 28, the contract was signed between CISCo Construction and the Government of Belize.

Signing on behalf of the government was Minister of Works, Hon. Anthony “Boots” Martinez, and Chief Executive Officer Cadet Henderson and on behalf of the Cisco Construction Company was Francis Woods. Minister Martinez reiterated the point that the lower figure presented by CISCo did not make them a clear frontrunner. He said CISCo was awarded the contract because “Their proposal was impressive and they are a proven company in Belize.”

The Civil works comprises the construction of a new high level bridge which will consist of a 90 meter span steel truss supporting reinforcement concrete deck founded on driven piles. The bridge abutments will include anchored pile retaining walls with precast concrete facing panels to contain the new embankment fill.

The work should commence immediately and it is expected to be completed in an 18-month time frame. The bridge, located at mile 13 on the Southern Highway in the Stann Creek District, was designed by Beca International Consultants Limited a New Zealand based firm. Funding for the project is being provided by the Government of Belize and the Caribbean Development Bank.

It has been over two years since the disastrous flood washed away the original bridge. The reconstruction process has been tedious because of the accountability standards demanded by the Caribbean Development Bank. Therefore, the Ministry ensured that throughout the process they dotted all I’s and crossed every T.

The Guardian


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#388769 - 09/29/10 05:57 PM Re: 2 more years before Kendall Bridge is replaced [Re: Marty]
Katie Valk Offline
Bet it'll be done closer to 18 months than 24.
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#388772 - 09/29/10 06:19 PM Re: 2 more years before Kendall Bridge is replaced [Re: Katie Valk]
SP Daily Offline
Gload to see Cisco get the contract..they perform!

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#388801 - 09/29/10 09:40 PM Re: 2 more years before Kendall Bridge is replaced [Re: Marty]
catdance62 Offline
they did a great job of the road on the peninsula

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