Roads & Works

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St. Thomas Parish Council
Project 2013 – 2014 Financial Year

Overview
During the Financial Year 2013, the St. Thomas Parish Council initiated and executed several projects spearheaded by the Operations Department using the Tendering process or the Force Account Method to execute these projects. The projects are as follows:
 
Construction of Retaining Wall – Minto - Hagley Gap – Cedar Valley
This project is located in the steep hills of Hagley Gap within the Cedar Valley Division - Western Constituency of St. Thomas. The works comprised: the construction of a (30m x 1.2m x .06m) Random Rubble Wall.  The project will be executed by Dutch Construction Limited, a firm located at Shop # 4 Brown’s Plaza, Buff Bay, Portland. The project is estimated to cost Thirteen Million, Nine Hundred and Fifty-Five Thousand Dollars ($13,955,000.00). Source of funding is stemmed from the Equalization Fund.
This project was an Opening Tender, where contractors within the country, through the use of the media and local notice board such as Post Office, Agency Offices etc. Three companies responded to the request for tenders. They were General Construction Developers Limited, Michael A. Betty & Associates Limited and Dutch Construction Limited.
The project duration is Three (3) weeks. The project start date is December 02, 2013 and end date is December 20, 2013.
 
Construction of Mud Lane - Sunning Hill – Bath Division
The Rehabilitation of the Mud Lane Project is located at Sunning Hill, Bath Division, within the constituency of Eastern St. Thomas. The roadway to be constructed is approximately 220m x 5m. The works comprised labour and tools to bush roadway inclusive of overgrown vegetation, scarify, grade, roll and shape roadway, spread material and asphalt roadway.
This project will be executed using the Force Account Method through the Operations Department/ Roads and Works Department. The rationale for using this method proceeds:

  • qualified in-house supervisory expertise available
  • quality of works will be executed by the standard  of the Superintendent of Roads and Works
  • Project is treated as a fixed cost contract in a bid to avoid variation
  • Based on established rates provided by the Local Government  for road works, using Force Account method; more work can be completed.

Expenditure was approved at a cost of Two Million, Two Hundred Thousand Dollars ($2,200,000.00).
 
Construction of Nickle Hill – Port Morant Division
The Rehabilitation of the Nickle Hill Project is located at Port Morant, Port Morant Division within the constituency of Eastern St. Thomas. The roadway to be constructed is approximately 210m x 5m. The works comprised labour and tools to bush roadway inclusive of overgrown vegetation, scarify, grade roll and shape roadway, spread material and asphalt roadway.
This project will be executed using the Force Account Method through the Operations Department/ Roads and Works Department. The rationale for using this method proceeds:

  • qualified in-house supervisory expertise available
  • quality of works will be executed by the standard  of the Superintendent of Roads and Works
  • Project is treated as a fixed cost contract in a bid to avoid variation
  • Based on established rates provided by the Local Government for road works, using Force Account method; more work can be completed.

Expenditure was approved at a cost of Two Million, Two Hundred Thousand Dollars ($2,200,000.00).

Construction of Gabion Wall and Side Drain - Shady Spring Roadway – White Horses
In June 2013, approval was granted for the construction of Gabion Basket and Side Drain at Shady Spring, White Horses.  These works were necessitated after sections of the roadway had huge breakaways emanating from heavy rains, inhibiting the free movement of vehicular traffic within the community.
The project was approved at a cost of over 1 Million Dollars.
 
Reconstruction of sidewalk and other infrastructural rehabilitation works - Rosemarie Lane (Side drains) – Morant Bay
In September 2013, approval was granted for the reconstruction of sidewalk and other infrastructural rehabilitation works at Rosemarie Lane, Morant Bay. This project was executed in two (2) phases. In phase one (1) works comprise  demolition works, disposal of debris, construction of 1500mm (5’ - 0”) wide side walk, and construction of 600 mm concrete V - drain.
In phase two (2), kerb and channel was constructed along with the general clean-up works.
Phase one (1) of the project cost was One Million One Hundred and Thirty One Thousand, Nine hundred and Fifty Two Dollars and Fifty cents ($1,131,952.00).  While phase 11, cost Five Hundred and Forty Eight Thousand One Hundred Dollars ($548,100.00).
The project was executed using the Force Account method as per justifications;

  • The community (residents of Rosemarie Lane) will be fully engaged to participate in the project implementation
  • Based on established rates provided by the Local Government Department for road works using Force Account method, more work can be completed.
  • Project is treated as a fixed cost contract in a bid to avoid variations.

Patching of Abbey Lobby Lane Yallahs – Yallahs Division
In July 2013, approval was granted for the execution of patching works on Abbey Lobby Lane, Yallahs. Works comprised the hireage of equipment, labour and material and to transport and apply hot mix to affected area.
The cost of the project was Seven Hundred and Eighty Thousand Dollars ($780,000.00). Force Account method was used to implement the project.
 
Patching of London Lane – White Horses
In July 2013, approval was granted for the execution of patching works on London Lane – Duhaney Pen, White Horses. Works comprised the hireage of equipment, labour and material and to transport and apply asphalt to affected area.
The cost of the project was Two Million Dollars ($2, 000, 000.00)). Force Account method was used to implement the project.
 
Repairs to Water Tank at Lloyds
Approval was granted for repair works on the Lloyds Water Tank. This works comprises; metal/welding works, roof and scaffolding along with the cutting of overhanging trees and to dispose of debris. This project will be executed by an external contractor. However, supervision will be done by the St. Thomas Parish Council.
The repairs to the Water Tank at Lloyds will be executed at a cost of Four Hundred and Ninety Four Thousand Dollars ($494,000.00).
Note that the preparation stage is ongoing as materials are presently being sought to initiate the start of the works.