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.
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.